World Bank supports rural electrification

The World Bank has launched a rural electrification programme in Africa, selecting Uganda to launch the initiative. The objective of the programme is to boost rural access to electricity from one to ten per cent by the year 2010.

World Bank representative Randolph Harris noted that rural electrification in Uganda has been stagnant for the past 30 years, with rural homes accessing electricity falling from 70 per cent to 30 per cent. Rural homes without access to the grid are also paying to access alternative, more expensive sources of power.