In sub-Saharan Africa, seven out of ten people lack reliable access to electricy. Energy poverty reduces the quality of education, contributes to illness and disease, and severely hinders economic growth. Building a clean-energy future is a crucial first step to sustainable development. On a national level, unreliable energy systems cost economies one to two percent of their growth potential annually due to outages and the inefficient usage of already scarce resources. On an individual level, a lack of electricity makes it more difficult to increase literacy rates and expand access to clean cooking fuels.
Energy officials in Rwanda and Nigeria – two countries that have demonstrated remarkable economic growth in recent years, but still rely heavily upon expensive and dirty fossil fuels – have expressed interest in bringing Worldwatch’s Sustainable Energy Roadmaps to their own countries. Investment in renewable energy and efficient electricity delivery systems will help these countries reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, give marginalized people access to modern energy services, reduce electricity prices, create jobs, and improve health and education services.
In working with these leaders to identify the opportunities and challenges they face in the transition to a sustainable energy economy, we aim to dispel the misconception that economic development and renewable energy deployment are incompatible goals.
But to bring our work to Rwanda, Nigeria, and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, we need your help. Through October 19, generous Worldwatch donors have agreed to match every donatation, so that every dollar you give is worth two. Please, act now to double your donation and make these sustainable energy roadmaps for sub-Saharan Africa a reality. We can’t wait to embark on this adventure, but we need your help.