While those of us that live and breathe rural electrification are thrilled to see initiatives like Power Africa, all stakeholders involved must work together to create more effective approaches for widespread energy access to be achieved sustainably.
It's time policymakers woke up to the real impact of distributed power and bottom up electrification. There are a thousand unnecessary obstacles that will slow down progress when it's judged by the wrong yardstick. It's time for that yardstick to be the presence of energy, not its price.
Energy is an issue with strong ethical and spiritual dimensions, though those dimensions have been fairly invisible so far. Shedding light on the topic was what the United Nations Foundation and the World Faiths Development Dialogue set out to do during a recent workshop.