The European Union (EU) on Wednesday launched its energizing development program to provide support and solutions for a wide range of energy demands in Ethiopia.The program is part of the agreement reached in 2017 between the EU, the core donors of German Development Cooperation’s Energizing Development (EnDev) programme and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, together with the government of Ethiopia, to fund the existing Energizing Development activities in Ethiopia with an additional budget of €10.35 million.
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A recent research paper by (SEforALL AND Power For All, 2017) puts the Energy Access Dividend for Ethiopia the following way.
The Government of Ethiopia has a target to deliver access to connect 90 percent of towns and villages to the grid by 2020. The electrification rate to achieve this 2020 target has been extrapolated forward and indicates that universal access could be achieved in 2031 if progress were to continue at this rate.
Today we’re able to build self-driving trucks, to communicate with smart humanoids, and to play video games with virtual reality technologies. Yet there are 1.06 billion people living without access to electricity across the world (IEA and World Bank, 2017). That’s one in every five people, most of them living in rural Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, they rely on kerosene, candles, and battery torches for essential lighting.