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

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

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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…

Rwanda to improve electricity supply with $266 million loan

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The African Development Bank has approved a loan of US$266 million to the government of Rwanda in order to expand electricity access and transmission lines across the country. Rwanda is…

Bangladesh to invest in solar panels but not everyone has access to power

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Bangladesh is investing in 22 solar power projects which would generate an additional 1,370MW of power. But universal electricity access is far from a reality, with one quarter of the…

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…

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