There’s an alternative future on the horizon, where instead of just drawing power from the grid, electric vehicles become a mobile grid storage resource, with drivers and utilities both reaping the benefits while providing clean power.

“Women always question themselves and their worth,” she said. “This even impacts their appearance and their demeanour. But men never act like anything is wrong.”

On a continent that must live with some of the world’s harshest conditions, technology is beginning to put influence in the hands of ordinary citizens.

The initiative aims to reduce the risks in private sector financing of solar projects in these countries.

A "climate damages tax" levied on oil, gas and coal companies could raise $300 billion a year by 2030 to bail out hard-hit communities.

Projects already receiving funding in Tanzania, Cameroon, Nigeria and Burundi.

Uganda has a large number of pico-solar systems, most of which are offered with a pay-as-you-go loan. Mangoo, the leading product platform for the Off-Grid Industry has compiled the technical specifications and queried local market prices.

With a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, Schneider Electric plans to support new companies through funding, incubation and partnerships.

Human rights abuses in DRC cast shadow over trade in mineral used in batteries.

The future is one where power can be completely untethered and can be installed anywhere, at a fraction of the cost. This will create a huge disruption to the monopoly held by power distributors.