The advocacy activities of Energy for the World, complementary to the fieldwork, are linked to its rapprochement with Energy for Africa.
Framework of action
The goal of our advocacy is clearly defined : the defense and the recognition of the role of access to energy in the Southern countries. Energies for the world fights for more equity in International Relations, refusing to consider poverty as unavoidable. Our advocacy bases itself on the belief that access to energy is a human right that needs to be respected universally. Also, our advocacy work aims at encouraging energetic, environmental and economic policies, and to promote the fairest market regulation.
A triple action:
- · Reinforcement of the political dimension linked to electricity
- · Sensibilization of elected representatives at administrators in targeted countries.
- · Lobbying among community-based and national institutions.
… for a main goal : universal access to electricity in 2030.
This advocacy is based on an observation
Energy is a requirement for any kind of development.
Yes, Africa is witnessing an average annual growth of 5% per year but is not homogenous on the entire continent. The development by electrification is not a new idea. However, it is not being transformed into a real project. Nevertheless, the urgency is present: 650 million people live today deprived from electricity on the continent and this number will most certainly keep growing: the African population should double by 2050.
Africa and its 1,2 billion inhabitants will have to feed, form, house, treat and employ 1 billion new inhabitants by 2050. When this year is reached, a quarter of the active population of the planet will be African, the youngest population worldwide, an advantage but also a big challenge. From 1950 to 2050, the sub-Saharan African population will have been multiplied by 10, passing from 180 million to 2 billion people.
In the history of humanity, no region of the world has ever witnessed such a demographic change.
Emergency to act
Energy gives access to water, health, education, agriculture, labor, security and the stability of a given territory. In other words, there is nothing without light.
Despite everyone’s efforts, every year, 10 million more Africans don’t have access to electricity.
It is of course, a social emergency. Children need to be able to do their homework in the evening, medicine needs to be conserved in refrigerators, and the young needs to look forward to a bright future on the African continent.
But it is also an economic emergency. The electrification development would give new perspectives to African compagnies, which would also be indirectly beneficial for European and worldwide economies. It is important to keep in mind that if the African average annual growth rate grew from 5% to 15%, ours would grow by 2%. Africa is for Europe a fantastic growth driver.