Driving Global Action

To end poverty worldwide, we must achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 in parallel with Sustainable Development Goal 13.

The Global Commission to End Energy Poverty

At the current rate of progress, 650 million people will still lack access to electricity by 2030. We formed the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty in 2019 to forge an actionable consensus among leading investors, utilities, and policymakers to galvanize global action behind a viable pathway to provide electricity to hundreds of millions of under-served homes and businesses more quickly, sustainably and cost-effectively than the current trajectory.

Comprised of heads of development banks, utilities, and off-grid firms, along with senior academics, industry leaders, and investors, the Commission operates under the joint chairmanship of The Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, and the Africa Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina.

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  • $30billion

    current annual total global investment in electricity access

  • $52billion

    needed per year to meet our universal access goal and achieve SDG 7

  • 15%

    of global funding goes to Sub Saharan Africa, which has 15 of the top 20 countries with energy access deficits

Our Approach

The Commission is working to fast-track sustainable power solutions, investments, and partnerships that will deploy globally over the next decade to provide electricity to hundreds of millions in pursuit of the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 7.

Researching Solutions & Building Global Partnerships

The Rockefeller Foundation launched the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty to attract investment in the energy sector of low-access countries, build partnerships, and dramatically accelerate change with the ultimate goal of ending energy poverty even before the 2030 target outlined under the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Specifically, it is building support for integrated electrification strategies to unleash the full potential of distributed energy, incentivize utilities to expand their services to new customers, and foster the right blend of public and private investment in order to dramatically bend the curve on expanding last-mile electrification. To make this effort possible, the Foundation is working with the MIT Energy Initiative to produce high-quality research, data and evidence.


Our mission is to forge an actionable consensus among leading investors, utilities, and policy-makers that accelerates the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 7, and ensures access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all by 2030.

The Global Commission's First Meetings

The Rockefeller Foundation, the MIT Energy Initiative and Global Commission commissioners and co-chairs were focused on developing Integrated Distribution Framework (IDF) business models, exploring financing for electricity access initiatives, overcoming barriers to regional cooperation on bulk power supply, investigating ways to efficiently manage and operate utilities, and achieving economic impact and sustainable development through access to electricity.

The UN General Assembly and Climate Week in New York 2019

120 energy sector leaders came together for discussions with the Commission on the development of a universal electrification fund, a new framework for measuring energy access and global development, and the urgent need to achieve SDG7.

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