Mr Paul Mbuthi, Deputy Director of Renewable Energy in the Ministry of Energy together with Farida Bulhan-Aliwa, Regional Director of Practical Action East Africa, during launch of the 2019 Poor People Energy Outlook report at the GOGLA conference held in Nairobi.

Practical Action East Africa has launched its 2019 Poor People’s Energy Outlook (PPEO) report, which details global trends ahead of 2030.

As the world economies pull together towards making energy access goal a reality, African countries are working to ensure access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for its people.

The report highlights global trends in energy and progress towards 2030. Further data on the report takes a look at clean cooking and fuels, and electricity access from the perspectives of planning, financing and inclusive delivery at scale.

It also highlights clean cooking and fuels, and electricity access from the perspectives of planning, financing and inclusive delivery at scale. The report also highlights the top priorities for a range of different stakeholders, recognizing that everyone needs to take action – not just governments.

In the last decade before 2030, the report reflects on the Practical Action energy reports published back in 2015 that committed to producing a series of reports that would act as a guide to delivering at national scales on the energy access agenda that will directly and holistically meet the needs to energy-poor communities.

Some 89% of the world’s population now has access to electricity and all the benefits it can bring. Off-grid electricity, especially through the falling costs of solar, has become a real game-changer over the last few years.

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There are now more than 130 million people, mostly in rural areas where they previously had little chance of getting any access, with solar lighting, solar home systems or connections to renewables-based mini-grids.

However, multiple obstacles remain and reaching those ‘left behind’ by business as usual approaches is proving difficult.

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