The map above was created Visualcapitalist.com to highlight the plight of the 1.2 billion people worldwide (16% of the world’s population) without access to electricity using data from the World Bank from 2017.
Roughly half of those people live in Sub-Saharan Africa with the rest mostly living in Asia. Burundi has the lowest level of access to electricity at just 9%.
To put that in perspective, North Korea has 44% access to electricity and most developed countries have 100% access to electricity.
However, it’s not just access but reliability that causes issues. It’s no good to have access to electricity if it’s always going out.
This is especially true for business who pay can pay high business electricity rates in these countries and then have to pay a second time for backup generators.
The chart below show the reliability of electricity for those people lucky enough to have a grid connection:
However, it’s not all bade news there have been some success stories. For example, India went from 70% to 93% access in a single decade and Vietnam managed an even more impressive feat of going from 20% to 80% in just 9 years.
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