The global lack of access to electricity

This issue, the billion or so people who still lack of access to reliable energy, rises up every once in a while on the global development radar. But it's fair to say it is usually neglected, perhaps because it's not as 'easy' as other methods for fighting poverty and inequity.

The World Bank has issued a report on Energy Poverty. This concern, that of the billion or so people who still lack of access to reliable energy, rises up every once in a while on the global development radar. But it’s fair to say it is usually neglected, perhaps because it’s not as ‘easy’ as other methods for fighting poverty and inequity. The Washington Post, bouncing off The Economist’s Daily Chart report on the WB report, notes:

The rate of growth in electrification has still been slower than population growth. (Access to electricity grew at about 1.2 percent per year between 1990 and 2010, while the global population grew at 1.3 percent per year.) Despite huge gains in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, lack of access is still a huge issue on both continents.

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National Geographic bounces off the World Bank report as well, to list Five Surprising Facts about Energy Poverty.

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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at]humanosphere.org or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.