Energy poverty is an endemic and crippling problem. Nearly 1.4 billion people, including 600 million in Africa, have no access to any electricity, and millions more find power too unreliable or too expensive to achieve real prosperity. Boosting generation and access is a top priority for African governments, and the United States has an opportunity to help with the President’s Power Africa Initiative and the Electrify Africa Act. However, the success of these efforts depends on a realistic approach with updated tools.
CGD’s work on energy poverty by senior fellows Todd Moss, Ben Leo and others from the Rethinking US Development Policy team promotes research-based policies including:
Learn more about what energy poverty looks like in Africa and how US policy can do more to tackle this challenge.