Energising Africa: energy poverty rising

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Episode 40

Clean energy can power sustainable economic growth by improving access to knowledge, boosting health and wellbeing, and improving the lives of women and children, the United Nations says. This week on Africa Science Focus, reporter Michael Baruti asks whether universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy can be achieved in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030, in the face of disruptions caused by the pandemic.

This episode is the first in a special three-part series, ‘Energising Africa’, where we investigate progress towards electricity, infrastructure and network access on the continent.

And, in this week’s Q&A segment, Samson Magombo from Henry Henderson Institute in Malawi has a question on coronavirus mutations. Send us your questions from anywhere in the world — text or voice message via WhatsApp to +254799042513.

Africa Science Focus, with Selly Amutabi.

This programme was funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the European Development Journalism Grants programme, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation