How rural electrification can be transformative for women in Africa

Last Modified: Thu Mar 10 2016 07:29:01 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 600 million
    people in sub-Saharan Africa - two-thirds of the population - still lack access to electricity.
  • 700 million
    cook with traditional biomass: wood, charcoal, dung and agricultural residues. With population growth, this number is expected to rise to 880 million by 2020, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
  • 147 GW
    the total power capacity installed in Africa as of 2013 – about the same as in Belgium, or what China installs every year or two, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB).
  • 50%
    of the population of sub-Saharan Africa will lack electricity in 2030 according to the AfDB even though massive electrification efforts are under way.
  • 2.1
    hours per day - average time Women and girls spend to collect firewood.
  • 1.6
    hours per day - average time spent in cooking.
  • $29.6 billion
    per year that sub-Saharan African economies potentially lose because of time women spend in the above two tasks per World Bank estimates.
  • $60 billion
    combined loss if health, environmental and other economic impacts, are taken into account. This is the cost sub-Saharan Africa, especially its women, pay for lack of access to electricity.