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Funding sought for rural energy provision initiative

The increase and the spread of microelectronic devices such as mobile phones, GPS units and MP3 players have fast outpaced the development of electrical infrastructure in Africa. This is depriving millions of Africans the means of improving their lives. Current estimates are that there are at least 250 million cell phone users in Africa who do not have access to electricity at home. It is estimated that this number will have increased to over 400 million by 2015.

These people currently walk many miles and pay on average, US$1 to US$5 a month for the privilege of charging a mobile phone. In addition the lack of adequate lighting is depriving millions of students the ability to read and study after sunset. Read on ESI-Africa >

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