On Thursday 22nd March, Grant Shapps, DFID Minister launched his new campaign - #EnergyAfrica at Facebook HQ alongside Chair of the Africa Progress Panel and Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, African Union Commission chairperson Madame Zuma, the Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and activist Bob Geldof.
The campaign marks an important commitment from the UK Government - Universal Energy Access for Africa by 2030. Reliable electricity supply has the power to transform lives - lifting people out of poverty and ending dependency on aid.
Currently 2 out of 3 people living in Africa do not have access to electricity in their homes and at current rates of progress it will take until 2080 for universal access to reach across the continent.
The UK Government wants to accelerate this and to do this, together with African governments, investors, businesses, NGOs, think tanks and other donors, DFID will work to increase investment in off-grid energy firms, overcome regulatory barriers, foster innovation, and accelerate delivery of solar energy systems to households across Africa.
The #EnergyAfrica access campaign focusses on achieving the UN’s new Global Goal 7 – market-based delivery of off-grid energy to households and under this campaign Africa can have access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030.