Channing Arndt, "LAUNCH EVENT: 2019 Global Food Policy Report"
Washington DC March 27, 2019
▪ Energy is crucial to achieving the Sustainable
Development Goals and ensuring durable rural
growth and development.
▪ But, almost one billion people, most living in
rural areas of Africa and South Asia, still lack
access to electricity.
▪ Due to costs declines, together with high solar
potential distributed across many rural areas,
genuine potential exists to ensure access to
electricity for all by 2030.
Challenges and Opportunities
Achieving Universal Access to Energy
(it won’t happen on its own)
▪ Packages of support—access to electricity plus the means to use it, such as
lighting and refrigeration—to generate larger development benefits for rural
▪ Rethink institutional models for the electricity sector including rural electrification.
▪ Beware of unintended consequences
▪ What are the implications of alternative approaches for women’s time use and empowerment?
▪ What are the environmental implications of, for example, very low marginal cost solar water pumping?
▪ With effort, fresh thinking, experimentation, and information sharing, the
enormous promise of the ongoing energy revolution can be realized to the benefit
of poor people in rural areas.