Governance Barriers to Renewable Energy in North Africa

Nadejda Komendantova, Stefan Pfenninger, Anthony Patt

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Solar power in the North African region has the potential to provide electricity for local energy needs and export to Europe. Nevertheless, despite the technical feasibility of solar energy projects, stakeholders still perceive projects in the region as risky because of existing governance issues. Certain areas of solar projects, such as construction, operation and management, are the most prone to governance risks, including lack of transparency and accountability, perceived as barriers for deployment of the projects. It is likely that large-scale foreign direct investment into solar energy will not eliminate existing risks, but might even increase them. Furthermore, the recent political changes in the region have addressed some governance risks but not all of them, especially bureaucratic corruption. Stakeholders recommend a broad set of measures to facilitate development of solar projects in the region, ranging from auditing of individual projects to simplification and unification of bureaucratic procedures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-65
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Spectator
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • foreign direct investment
  • governance risks
  • North African region
  • solar projects
  • transparency and accountability


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