Celebrities often lend their brand to a cause, but for Senegalese-American singer Akon, the issue of improving access to energy is personal. Devex asked Akon about the initiative he co-founded to bring energy access to millions of Africans. Here's what he had to say.

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  • Adva Saldinger

    Adva Saldinger is a Senior Reporter at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.