12 Sub-Saharan African Countries With The Poorest Access To Electricity

Written by Peter Pedroncelli

Africa is home to many countries with the worst access to electricity in the world. Around 625 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity whatsoever.

Just two out of five people in Africa have decent access to energy to power lights and other electrical appliances throughout the day, according to the International Energy Agency.

We highlighted the best here: 12 Sub-Saharan African Countries With The Best Access To Electricity.

Due to insufficient capacity, poor reliability, and high costs, only around 32 percent of the population in sub-Saharan Africa has access to electricity.

All of the African countries on this list have at least 80 percent of the country or more in the dark. Less than 15 percent of people who live here have the luxury of electricity throughout the day.

We take a look at 12 sub-Saharan African countries with the poorest access to electricity.

Sources: AfrobarometerPolitico, ENCA,, AfricaEnergyOutlook, WorldBank