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Energy for the poor  

One of the major steps for a pro-active, time bound and concerted action to reduce poverty was when the leaders of 189 countries met in 2000 and agreed on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The fact that the first goal aims to reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day, not only gives poverty precedence but it also underpins the other seven. Past studies have shown that poor access to modern energy services, particularly electricity, exacerbates poverty and contributes to its perpetuation. Hence a key issue for meeting the MDGs requires attention not only to the eight goals, but also to their inter-relationship with energy.
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