Electrification: Urban/Rural Divide
How many people have access to electricity and how does this vary between rural and urban populations?
- Urban access rates have increased only marginally in the 25 years from 1990 to 2014. However, sustaining those rates represents a major achievement given rapid urbanization that has added 1.6 billion people to the world’s cities during this period.
- Progress in rural electrification has been improving albeit not fast enough. The access gap between urban and rural populations narrowed to 20 percentage points in 2014, from 35 percentage points in 1990. Most of those without access to electricity live in rural areas, particularly in rural Africa where electrification access lags population growth.
* 2012 data
SOURCE: International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Bank. 2017. “Progress Towards Sustainable Energy: Global Tracking Framework 2017” (April), World Bank, Washington, DC. International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Bank, 2015. “Sustainable Energy for All 2015 - Progress Toward Sustainable Energy”. Data extracted from http://gtf.esmap.org/ on 06/22/2017.