Energy access for all in Africa: does enterprise hold the key?
Thursday, May 30, 2013
In the developed world, the flick of a switch gives us unlimited electricity to light our homes, chill our food and power our TVs and laptops, while it’s all too easy to unwrap a ready meal and fling it into the oven or microwave on autopilot.
Millions don’t have that luxury. In fact, nearly a third of the world’s population cook on dirty, polluting stoves that harm the environment and people’s health. One and a half billion people – that’s more than the population of China – don’t have electricity. They light their homes with kerosene lamps; potentially lethal not just because of the fire risk, but from the toxic fumes they give off.