The global population without access to electricity has progressively decreased over the last decade. However, the trend is different across the different geographical areas, with Sub-Saharan Africa continuing to move at a slow rate. Over 80 percent of the world’s unserved population without access to electricity lived in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2021.
With over 244 million people lacking access to electricity, Eastern Africa has the highest rate of energy poverty in the Sub-Saharan region. This is followed by Western and Central Africa, with over 186 million and 127 million people, respectively, without access to electricity. Population growth outpaces the improvement in electrification progress in Western and Central Africa, further widening the access deficit.
In contrast, Southern Africa reports a relatively lower number of individuals without access to electricity, totaling approximately 10 million people.