Building Strong Foundations for Electrification

Economic growth, improving access to healthcare, increasing the quality of education, and raising the standard of life, all rely upon access to reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity. Getting there can be complicated and requires a strong foundation.

Since 1962 NRECA International has developed programs that promote economic prosperity in developing countries through strategic electrification planning. Our team continues to help developing economies take the first steps and create permanent business cultures and operating environments in which local electrification institutions are able to survive, compete, prosper and grow. Check out how we’re helping four countries improve lives of their people through electrification:


Angola has almost 29 million people and is the third largest economy and second largest oil producer in African. Located in southwest Africa, only 34% of Angolans (and only 10% in rural Angola) have access to reliable electricity, despite recent progress in increasing electricity supply. Read more.


Jamaica relies primarily on imported fossil fuels for power generation, exposing the country to international oil price fluctuations, and places additional pressure on other financial needs of the country. The high cost of electricity (twice of the average cost in the US) is also driven by inefficient power generators and a distribution system that suffers from commercial losses. Jamaica has 2.72 million people, and 85% has access to electricity. Read more.


Located in southeast Africa, Mozambique is one of the largest countries in the African continent covering an area of about 800,000 km, but it is one of the most sparsely populated with a population of about 26 million people. More than 70% of them live in rural areas, with less than 7 million people total, have access to electricity. Read more.

Papua New Guinea

Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, and about the size of California, nearly 87% of this country’s 7 million population live in rural areas, and only 22% have access to electricity. A country rich with renewable energy resources, Papua New Guinea has a set target for full renewable energy generation by 2030, as well as 70% electricity access for its population. Read more.