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Sustainable Energy for Economic Development
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We work with governments, utilities, development partners, and private sector energy developers in developing countries to drive affordable, efficient, whole-systems energy programs that incorporate emerging distributed, renewable technologies and rapidly provide energy access to those without electricity.
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Globally, 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity; yet reliable electricity is crucial to human well-being and to a country’s economic development. If the economies of sub-Saharan Africa are to continue their rapid rates of growth, their citizens and businesses will need access to affordable, clean, and reliable electricity.
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RMI is supporting energy access in developing countries through single-country engagements and cross-cutting efforts that scale what we learn on the ground more broadly. We started in Rwanda and are currently working in Sierra Leone and Uganda.
RMI provides two main services: Impartial technical, policy and financial advice on energy system development, and collaboration with government, development partners, and the private sector to ensure successful implementation of our recommendations.
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In Rwanda, our first partner country, we have:
Energy Within Reach, 2017
Accelerating Sustainable Electricity Access in sub-Saharan Africa
Our Sustainable Electricity for Economic Development (SEED) program is driving clean, reliable, and affordable energy access in sub-Saharan Africa.