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Across 36 African countries, just 2 in 5 people have access to a reliable supply of energy throughout the day, according to a new study by research network Afrobarometer.
Overall, 625 million people are without power in sub-Saharan Africa alone — that’s 68 percent of the population, according to the International Energy Agency.
The continent accounts for 13 percent of the world population, but only 4 percent of the energy demand. Africa is rich with fossil fuels and renewable resources, but they are not evenly distributed. Only 12 percent of people in Guinea, for example, have an electricity supply that works all the time compared to 100 percent of Mauritians. The 48 countries that make up sub-Saharan Africa generate roughly the same amount of power as Spain.
The rising cost of electricity means manufacture is slowing down, and limited access to electricity is affecting investment decisions and potential growth, according to KPMG.
For citizens this means regular blackouts, clinics left without the tools they need to save lives and vulnerable security systems. On average, only 69 percent of households that are connected to the grid, actually have electricity that works most or all of the time, Afrobarometer found.
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