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4 Ways To Help The 'Power Africa Initiative' Bring Electricity To Millions Living In Poverty

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Vendors in one of the largest markets in Ivory Coast, the covered Adjame market in Abidjan, use candles on February 10, 2010 during a power outage. Ivory Coast, one of Africa's leaders in electricity supply, is enduring power cuts because of a shortfall in production. The national electricity company, Ivorian Electricity Company (CIE), a subsidiary of the French group Bouygues, warned on February 1 that power cuts were likely to occur during the next three months. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO | Getty

President Obama recently announced his Power Africa initiative –- a bold effort to scale up electricity access and address energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. But what exactly is it, what is it missing and how can you help support the initiative’s goals?

As part of a recent blog series, ONE has highlighted how a lack of modern energy access traps millions in extreme poverty unable to fulfill their potential. Power Africa is an initiative announced by President Obama last Sunday to address this huge inequality. The initiative’s overarching aim is to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa by responsibly building on Africa’s power potential in gas and oil as well as the continent’s huge potential to develop clean energy.

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