Coverage Gaps: Worldwide Access to Electricity

There has been significant progress in expanding access to electricity over the past two decades. In 2020, 91% of the world’s population was covered compared to 78% in 2000.

Out of the 733 million people that lack access to electricity, 568 million (77%) live in sub-Saharan Africa. To reach the Sustainable Development Goal 7 of universal access by 2030, the pace of progress needs to increase in the least-covered regions.

The World Bank estimates that if current trends continue, 670 million people will be without electricity access in 2030.

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