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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Get the facts

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

Latest updates

Trump planning to use former coastal military bases to export coal and gas to Asia

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US President Donald Trump is looking at using former military bases on the west coast of the United States of America in order to export gas and coal to Asia….

Egypt is set to build its first nuclear power plant

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General Electric have been awarded a US$700 million contract to build four turbine units for Egypt’s first ever domestic nuclear power plant. The nuclear plant will produce 4,800MW by 2029…

New supercritical coal power plant coming soon to Bangladesh

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The new power project will cost over US$2.5 billion and supply an additional 1,320MW to the national grid. Currently, only two-thirds of Bangladeshis have access to power, but this is predicted…

Finland pledged €114 million for renewable projects in developing countries but its domestic energy mix is mostly fossil fuels

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Finland has pledged to fund various renewable energy projects in developing countries over the next four years. The country will mostly finance wind or wave technology projects. The €114 million…

World's largest clean-coal power station to open in Egypt

World’s largest clean-coal power station to open in Egypt

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A 7 gigawatt coal power station is to be built near the Egyptian town of Hamrawein and is due to be completed by 2024. This will be the world’s first…

World’s poorest countries demand more flexibility on tackling energy poverty

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Desperately poor countries are losing the fight against electricity access. As it stands, Sub-Saharan Africa is home to half of all people without reliable power, a terrifying 590 million, which…

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