The Power to Break the Poverty Cycle

Ending energy poverty means ending poverty globally.

Nearly 1 billion people are deprived of electricity and are classified as energy poor. Of the energy poor, three quarters are also multidimensionally poor. No other indicator of the living standards dimension in the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) shows higher percentages of deprivations and multidimensional poverty. 99% of the people who are deprived in electricity also experience one or more additional deprivations simultaneously, emphasizing the breadth of interlinkages between electricity access and poverty.

Join the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and The Rockefeller Foundation for a conversation: “The Power to Break the Poverty Cycle.”

Panelists will discuss the new report Interlinkages between multidimensional poverty and electricity: a study using the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), explore the interlinkages between electricity deprivation and other indicators related to health, education and living standards and the critical role electrification can play in ending poverty globally.

The session will be broadcast live across the Foundation’s social media pages (TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and YouTube) on Thursday June 3, 2021 at 11:00 am EST.



The Rockefeller Foundation’s panel of Experts:



Damilola Ogunbiyi
CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for SEforALL



Sundaa Bridgett-Jones
Managing Director, Policy and Coalitions, Communications, Policy and Advocacy, The Rockefeller Foundation



Dr. Rajiv J. Shah
President, The Rockefeller Foundation


Juan Manuel Santos
Former President of Colombia and Nobel Peace Laureate & Board of Trustees, The Rockefeller Foundation


Dr. Sabina Alkire
Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)