In pursuit of bringing about electrification to the continent, the energy sector was abuzz with activity in 2021 In September 2021, for instance, Uganda launched the last-mile connectivity component to connect 87,500 rural households with affordable electricity In June 2021, the World Bank Board approved US$200 million in International Development Association (IDA) funding to help Benin improve its access to electricity services for households, businesses, and essential public services Africa is the world's least electrified continent, with nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa or 53 per cent of the population still living in the dark in 2021, according to data by The Economist. In pursuit of bringing about electrification to the continent, the energy sector was abuzz with activity in 2021. Below are some of the most significant electrification projects that have been ongoing in Africa in the past year. Uganda's last-mile connectivity project In September 2021, Uganda launched the last-mile connectivity component to connect 87,500 rural households with affordable electricity. The project is being undertaken with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), which in 2015 extended a US$100 million and a US$13 million grant from the European Union's Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund. The project falls under the
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