(Sub Saharan Africa) Pandemic, poverty, electricity access

Tamara White writes for Brookings: On June 14, the United Nations released its 2021 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Report, which examines the world’s progress toward accomplishing the SDGs. The most recent edition placed special emphasis on the COVID-19 pandemic given its role in reversing many SDG gains. More specifically, the authors note that years or even decades of progress have been halted or reversed due to the pandemic.

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Figure 1. Proportion of population with access to electricity, 2010 and 2019 (percentage)

Source: The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021, United Nations.