Elisabeth Caesens is examining hydroelectricity deals and revenue flows in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to bring greater transparency and accountability to the country’s hydropower sector. If managed well, Caesens argues, investments in hydropower could spur broad economic development in the DRC. But it’s unclear whether hydropower revenues are adequately collected, allocated, and spent by the government and whether hydroelectricity is distributed fairly among competing industrial and domestic users.
Caesens is a senior technical adviser and former manager of the Carter Center’s Mining Governance Program in DRC. She also serves as a lecturer at the Sciences Po Law School, where she teaches a class on mining revenues and runs a human rights clinic conducting research on hydropower investments in the DRC. She has long worked as a researcher and consultant on extractives and mining investments in the DRC and the African Great Lakes region, with a focus on understanding the influence of natural resource investments on sustainable development in the region. She holds a Master of Law as well as a Master in International Relations from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and an LLM from Columbia University.