Job Creation and Sustainable Development Through Renewable Energy in South Africa - Is the REIPPPP Doing Good and Doing Well?

Helene Kingo Christensen, Anne-Sophie Schröder, Josefine Maria Sochacka Stelsberg, Filippo Barawitzka & Gustav Bjerregaard Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


Inspired by critical anthropological scholars and through a content analysis, this chapter investigates how the Government of South Africa (GoSA) conceptualizes and evaluates job creation in South Africa's (SA) Public Private Partnership (PPP) the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). By bringing attention to the diverse interests of actors involved, it discusses to what extent the REIPPPP as a PPP is contributing to the sustainable development of South Africa. In a critical investigation of how job creation is presented, this chapter uncovers how the GoSA paints a distorted picture of the actual jobs created through the programme and it furthermore addresses the neglection of job quality. In utilizing Knoepfel et al.’s Triangle of Policy Actors, this chapter problematizes the use of PPPs in tackling complex multidimensional problems and thus recommends the GoSA to use PPPs mainly in engaging in the transition to green energy. The findings question the GoSA’s outsourcing of socio-economic development to private actors and call for more attention to the people’s interests in the PPP in order to contribute to SA’s sustainable development. Although the REIPPPP has contributed to SA’s energy transition towards renewable energy, it falls short in delivering the promises of socio-economic development.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2019
VejledereNina Torm