BURUNDI, 2012. 2 year old Arcade Maniragarura plays with his mother, Ms Domitile Nahimana, during a cooking session at the UNICEF-supported Positive Deviance site in the commune of Matongo, Kayanza province, north of the country. © UNICEF/BRDA2012-00034/PAWEL KRZYSIEK
BURUNDI, 2012. 2 year old Arcade Maniragarura plays with his mother, Ms Domitile Nahimana, during a cooking session at the UNICEF-supported Positive Deviance site in the commune of Matongo, Kayanza province, north of the country. © UNICEF/BRDA2012-00034/PAWEL KRZYSIEK

Burundi | June 19, 2014

Burundi faces one of the most dire cases of energy poverty worldwide. Only 3% of its population has access to the electricity grid. This energy poverty affects all aspects of life in Burundi. Schools and health centres are not electrified; children are unable to study after sunset as it’s too dark at home; women giving birth at night do so by candlelight; and women and children have to go outside into the dark if they need to go to the toilet at night.

These devastating immediate consequences point to energy poverty as perhaps the single most important barrier to delivering sustainable results for children and women in Burundi. The need to provide safe, clean and low-cost energy solutions that have the potential to benefit all children, especially the most vulnerable, is urgent.

The Burundi Activate Talk will explore the opportunities that new energies provide, and highlight solutions to overcome the critical bottleneck of energy poverty in Burundi to deliver results for children.

The event will be held on June 19th 2014. You can follow on Twitter #UNICEFActivate.

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