Dynamic Drivers of Hydroelectric Dam Construction in the Global South

Elmohanad Elsayad, Master of Development Practice
Erin Wiedenman, Master of Development Practice
Christian Golightly, Master of Development Practice
Samantha Holte, Master of Public Policy

Hydroelectric dams are seen as a way to achieve economic development through energy production, exports, and further infrastructure expansion which promotes regional connectivity, while also addressing the global trend towards renewable energy. The rapid development of hydro-power dams in the Mekong Delta in Southeast Asia has resulted in both negative and positive political, economic, environmental and social impacts. These impacts include, but are not limited to, escalating political tension between riparian countries, economic vulnerabilities due to forced displacement of local communities, and increased erosion and changing runoff patterns. Using the Mekong River Basin as a comparison case, we look at two rivers in South America and two in Africa to compare and contrast the unique and overlapping factors that our case countries experience.

1:30pm – 2:30pm, Stassen Room (170 through HHH center)

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