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Afrobarometer’s report, Off-grid or 'off-on': Lack of Access, on access to grid electricity, finds that unreliable electricity supply still plagues majority of Africans.

According to the Afrobarometer report, only four out of 10 Africans “enjoy a reliable power supply, while in other parts of the African continent that is in proportion to only four in 100 people having access to an electric grid".

Afrobarometer, a pan-African research network, has concluded that “a majority of Africans are still in the dark, either intermittently or constantly. This is based on about 54,000 interviews conducted in 36 African countries in 2014/2015, the report said.

[quote]On the other hand, Afrobarometer’s report highlighted some positive feedback with North African countries together with Mauritius making radical strides in providing reliable electricity for most or all of their citizens.

Afrobarometer: key findings

The key findings of the report have outlined that on average across 36 countries, 66% of Africans are living in areas that have access to an electric grid, this being at least 14% increase from 2005.

But then again, the report states that this percentage differs widely across the African continent, ranging from 17% in Burundi and 25% in Burkina Faso, to 100% in Mauritius and Egypt.

Furthermore, the findings have indicated that 60% of Africans “are actually connected to an electric grid, ranging from less than one in seven citizens in Burundi 11%, Malawi 12%, and Burkina Faso 14% to universal coverage in Mauritius and Tunisia.”

Low level of reliable power

Afrobarometer’s report also stated that in consideration to no efforts being made into developing an electric grid, no household connection, and poor connection quality, only 4% of all citizens in Burundi and Guinea have reliable power supply, followed by Malawi 7%, Sierra Leone also 7%, Burkina Faso and Liberia with 10% equally.

However, with progress made in the North African countries and Mauritius the figures are then again indicating very significant difference with Mauritius taking the lead at 100%, and Morocco accounting for 92%, while Egypt and Algeria both sitting at 88%, and Tunisia 83%.