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By Hautsch, M.

This dissertation analyses the trade-offs generated by Dam Gibe III and the KSDP plantations from a water-food-energy security nexus perspective. It observes that both projects’ plannings omitted to consider interconnections between these sectors and oversimplified how impacts are experienced at the local scale. Drawing on existing scholarship on conflict sensitivity approaches in humanitarian aid, this paper argues that conflict-sensitive planning would enhance the local outcomes of renewable energy projects. In particular, the approach can make an interesting contribution to local development and the mitigation of cross-scalar trade-offs.

By Mirumachi N. and Hautsch M.

Climate and development represent urgent challenges that can hardly be apprehended separately. Although it adresses both issues, low carbon development is similar to any other form of development as it has perverted impacts and uneven manifestations. Adaptation interventions would thus benefit from adopting a conflict sensitive lens, to adequately identify who the winners and losers of such projects are and mitigate conflict. Through the examples of dam Gibe III and the Lake Turkana Wind Farm, the article considers how scrutinising renewable energy projects' winners and losers in both relative and absolute terms can be beneficial for development. It stresses the need to continually ask how engagement in FCACs is a ‘force of good’ for whom.

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