Electricity access progress in Africa – 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Bank compile data on electrification status for different countries around the world. The IEA database can be accessed here and the World Bank one can be accessed here.  For both databases, the figures on electricity access are obtained from a variety of sources including national census data and … Continue reading Electricity access progress in Africa – 2017

African countries’ energy sector commitments in accordance with the Paris Agreement

The COP21 Paris Agreement came into force in November 2016 with more than 20 African countries having ratified the agreement and deposited their first Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The NDCs outline the plans of each country to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change and to contribute to the central goal of the Agreement to keep … Continue reading African countries’ energy sector commitments in accordance with the Paris Agreement

Electrification: So how many people are we actually talking about?

In assessing the un-electrified market, it is important to not only know the percentages but to also know how many people, in absolute terms, don't have access to electricity. The figures in terms of percentages can be found here. Of the 635 million in Africa, 634 million of the people without electricity are in Sub Saharan … Continue reading Electrification: So how many people are we actually talking about?

Electrification in Africa: Status 2016

NASA Image/Earth Lights There are approximately 1.2 billion people without access to electricity in the world; out of those, 53% live in Africa(World Energy Outlook, 2015, IEA). Looking at the numbers closely, countries in North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) have done a great job of ensuring access to electricity for all  with … Continue reading Electrification in Africa: Status 2016