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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Can off-grid power really provide the necessary electricity required for economic development?

Can off-grid power really provide enough electricity for economic development?

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A recent report from the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative considered the benefits of using off-grid energy solutions to meet the organisation’s target of universal energy access by…

IEA: energy access is essential for development

IEA: energy access is essential for development

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reiterated how essential energy is for development The IEA’s World Energy Outlook, the go-to report for NGOs and energy professionals alike, made clear that…

The developing world favours coal for economic development

The developing world favours coal for economic development

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Developing countries favour coal to provide economic growth according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA’s World Energy Outlook is the go to report on changing global energy trends…

So why should we care about energy poverty?

Why should we care about energy poverty? Todd Moss explains.

| Developing Countries, Nigeria | No Comments

Two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, but why should we care? Putting aside the moral case, that African countries deserve the same quality of…

India goes further and faster than any other country in improving access to electricity

India goes further and faster than any other country in improving access to electricity

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The influential International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that India is making bigger strides on energy access than any other country. The IEA’s annual World Energy Outlook, published this week,…

What does Penny Mordaunt’s appointment mean for the energy access agenda?

What does Penny Mordaunt’s appointment mean for the energy access agenda?

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The new International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has just outlined her vision for the future of UK aid, in an article for the Telegraph. What does it mean for the…

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