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Electricity for Health and Productivity

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Expanding access to electricity can increase productivity and even improve health, which makes it a vital component of development in rural areas.

However, electricity access in rural Ghana was only 67% in 2018, and the northern parts of the country are in a notably worse situation compared to regions in the south. In all three northern regions, national grid connection is available for only 48 - 66% of households on average, a situation that is surely worse in rural areas. These areas are located far from major voltage lines, have low population densities and are more difficult to access due to poor road infrastructure and difficult terrain.

Read the full op-ed published in Ghana’s newspaper of record The Daily Graphic.