Visualizing global energy poverty, and what we can do about it

There’s some big things happening on the energy front in Africa, thanks in large part to the Obama Administration’s Power Africa initiative.

If you want to know why this is such a big deal, and a big need, this post featuring seven graphic illustrations from Todd Moss and Madeleine Gleave at the Center for Global Development offers an excellent overview.

The authors note that 600 million Africans today live without power, seriously undermining their lives on all sorts of fronts – health, economic opportunity, safety and efficiency. But the solution won’t just be about bringing more power to the poor; Moss and Gleave make it clear rich countries need to make some changes as well.

Here’s one of the graphics from the post by Moss and Gleave:

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Read the entire (short) post at CGD and take a look at the other six illustrations. A great and easy-to-digest overview of the global energy landscape.

 

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Tom Paulson

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