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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Mini-grids will not power Africa alone by 2030

Mini-grids will not power Africa alone by 2030

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Powering Africa and the developing world is a worldwide priority for developed countries and mini-grids are a suitable option for the most remote parts of the continent. However, mini-grids alone…

Bangladesh is a leading example of how electricity access can power development

Bangladesh is a leading example of how electricity access can power development

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Bangladesh are becoming world leaders in developing their own national grid, with a continuing commitment to provide universal access to electricity for all of their citizens. In the last nine…

Hydropower struggling to provide for poor countries

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Developing countries have long looked to hydropower as the answer to extend electricity access- but global droughts and greater awareness around its environmental impact have damaged its reputation as a…

DFID pledges to spend aid budget more effectively

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The UK’s Department of International Development (DfID) is planning to spend the aid budget more effectively. DfID’s Penny Mordaunt reiterated the government’s commitment to the 0.7 percent of GDP target,…

Reliable electricity is key to lifting people out of poverty

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Western environmentalists too often overlook the positive impacts that fossil fuels have on society, according to a new piece in the Wall Street Journal. The ability to generate affordable and…

New study: people in Africa want the grid

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A new study from a respected Washington think tank has found that off-grid electricity is failing to meet Africa’s energy needs. Off-grid systems like rooftop solar panels are often touted by…

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