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Energy in East Africa | Energy Bulletin: Sustainable access to energy is essential in the eradication of poverty...

Poverty refers not only to one’s economic situation, but also to other factors that influence life. Especially in the past years the term “energy poverty” has become more common. Sustainable access to energy is essential in the eradication of poverty and for the improvement of access to education and health services and therefore a critical factor in meeting the Millennium Development Goals. Taking this into consideration, the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 the “International Year of Sustainable Energy for All”. First of all, it is necessary to distinguish between energy and electricity. In most East African countries access to electricity is very low, as the following table shows. These numbers, however, do not mean, for example, that in Eritrea 32% of the population has access to electricity. Instead, they reflect the share of people that potentially c...

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