Despite hydropower surplus, most Ugandans report lack of electricity, Afrobarometer survey shows

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Only about half of Ugandans live in zones served by the electric grid, and only a quarter live in households that are connected to the grid, Afrobarometer survey findings show.

More households use solar energy than electricity from the national grid. Lack of access and connection to the national electric grid is especially common for the poorest citizens, rural residents, and those in the Northern and Western regions. Even so, citizens’ ratings of the government’s performance on providing reliable electricity have improved significantly.

These findings, presented in greater detail in Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 441, suggest that the government’s plans, policies, and programs, while appreciated by citizens, require accelerated implementation to achieve widespread access and lower electricity costs.