In a new CSIS report, Will Todman argues that renewable energy offers a different pathway with wide-reaching benefits. Based on over 175 interviews with representatives from donor governments, UN officials, local actors, and private sector implementers, Will evaluates the promise of distributed renewable energy in Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen and Lubna Yousef tackles Libya. Even in the most challenging environments, decentralized renewable systems can accelerate local economic development, advance environmental sustainability, and establish the foundations of better governance.
Will Todman is a fellow in the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.
Lubna Yousef is the research associate for the CSIS Middle East Program.