Over 800 million people worldwide have no access to electricity. More than 8 out of 10 of them live in fragile states. Scaling up energy access is critical to power the economic opportunities needed to lift people out of poverty and escape fragility, and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This online discussion, hosted by the International Growth Centre (IGC) and featuring speakers from its Council on State Fragility, explores why expanding clean energy access is critical to post-COVID-19 global recovery and how a collective push from national governments, aid agencies, the private sector, multilateral and development finance institutions could expand energy access in countries facing fragility.
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- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Former President of Liberia; co-chair of the IGC’s Council on State Fragility
- Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed – Prime Minister of Yemen
- Rt Hon David Cameron – Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Co-Chair, Council on State Fragility at the International Growth Centre
- Francis M. Kai-Kai – Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone
- Namita Vikas – Founder & Managing Partner, AuctusESG LLP