The Washington Post- A lack of electricity holds sub-Saharan Africa back

Sub-Saharan Africa’s power sector is woefully underdeveloped, and that is holding the economy back.

As McKinsey writes in a new report on the sub-Saharan electricity sector, the region’s electricity access is the worst in the world. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 13 percent of the world’s population, but nearly half of the global population without access to electricity, or about 600 million people. In only seven sub-Saharan countries do more than half of the population have access to power: South Africa (85 percent), Ghana (72 percent), Gabon (60 percent), Namibia (60 percent), Cote d’Ivoire (59 percent), Senegal (57 percent) and Cameroon (54 percent). Nigeria hovers around 50 percent, while the rest of the region has an average grid access rate of just 20 percent, according to the report.

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