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The conflict in Syria has imposed severe challenges on the country’s energy sector, impacting daily life, livelihoods, the economy, and humanitarian aid operations. The scarcity of oil and natural gas has made it harder to meet electricity demand, and while solar panels have emerged as an alternative, their high costs render them inaccessible to those with limited income amid economic challenges. Imbalanced power dynamics in trade are further exacerbating the situation. Against this backdrop, one avenue for much-needed renewable energy development is to mobilize the humanitarian sector in the short run to support the manufacture of solar panels in Syria. Such an intervention would provide immediate relief for individual households and create job opportunities while addressing long-term socio-economic and migratory challenges in the region.

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Nour Barakeh

Nour Barakeh

Agents of Change Youth Fellow;
Energy and Communication Consultant for the International Forum for Understanding, Cambridge

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