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

30,000 households in Zambia now with power

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  Felix International and MTN have worked together in order to provide 30,000 households and 150,000 individuals access to off-grid solar energy. Lyndsay Handler, CEO of Fenix International, said, “The…

Bangladesh should ensure universal access before cutting its energy subsidy

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  The Bangladeshi prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has recently confirmed that her government will be looking at removing the energy subsidy when the economy improves. But with high electricity prices…

Indonesia making steady progress towards 100% electricity access

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A memorandum of understanding has been signed by Indonesia Power and South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction. The understanding between both companies will create another two power units at…

Hydropower has a key part to play in unlocking electricity for Africa’s 600 million

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Over 139 years has passed since the creation of the lightbulb by Thomas Edison , but yet there are over 1.2 billion people globally, and 600 million in Africa without…

Mobile phone connections are more common than electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa

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How is it that there are more people in Sub-Saharan Africa with a mobile phone connection than any form of electricity? Over 700 million people across the region have a…

First super-critical coal power plant almost completed in the Philippines

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The Philippines is about to add another 455MW coal-fired power station to its energy mix, pushing energy access to the remaining 2 million Filipinos that are currently left in the…

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