Access to electricity can end extreme poverty

A fifth of the world’s population don’t have access to electricity. Join our campaign to fight for them.

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Imagine not being able to turn on a light, boil a kettle, or keep food safe to eat. This is life for 1.2 billion people.

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1
people living without electricity
4
people die every year from cooking with wood or dung stoves
800
children die every year from contaminated water

"Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, social equity, and environmental sustainability."

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

"...a light where currently there is darkness; the energy needed to lift people out of poverty - that's what opportunity looks like"

Barack Obama, President of the United States

"If you could pick just one thing to lower the price of, to reduce poverty, you would pick energy. If you gave me only one wish this is the wish I would pick, this is the one with the greatest impact … it’s the most important investment we can make for the world."

Bill Gates, Philanthropist

Our mission

Electricity holds the key to ending poverty. With it, we can help the 1.2 billion people who don’t have access to power – and radically improve their life chances. 

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Find out more about the far-reaching social and economic consequences of life without electricity.

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Story of Dharnai

If you want to know why electricity matters, ask the people of Dharnai – a typical Indian village of around 3,000 people in Bihar, Eastern India.

Story of Dharnai

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US Power Africa sets ambitious 2030 targets for power generation across the continent

US Power Africa sets ambitious 2030 targets for power generation across the continent

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The Power Africa initiative set up by the US Agency for International Development has recently published its ‘Transmission Roadmap to 2030‘, setting out ambitious targets and plans in order to…

India on verge of universal electricity access

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India is finally projected to have reached 100% access to electricity by the end of January 2019. It comes a couple of months overdue as announced by the India prime…

Fossil fuels still the most reliable option for powering schools, factories and hospitals in the developing world

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Fossil-fuels built the world that we all currently enjoy, especially in the western hemisphere, throughout the industrial revolution. It is only right that we allow developing countries to enjoy the…

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim resigns

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim resigns

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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has suddenly resigned his position in a time when there are evident differences between the organisation and the Trump administration’s pro fossil fuel stance….

Africa is being left in the dark whilst the rest of the world enjoys reliable electricity

| Affordable electricity, Developing Countries, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa | No Comments

Across the world over 1.1 billion people are still without any form of electricity whatsoever. That means that children are being taught in dark unlit schools; citizens are walking the…

African Leaders: World Bank should allow developing countries to use fossil fuels

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The president of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim has been contacted by various African leaders urging him to relax the international bank’s rules on financing fossil fuel power plants…

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