Madagascar is to use part of a $1.3 billion (£1bn) fund from the World Bank to improve access to electricity.
The money, which is to be delivered over the next three years, will also be used to help prevent malnutrition.
Currently, only 14% of the nation’s population have access to electricity and half of children under five suffer from stunting caused by malnutrition.
Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Africa, said: “The World Bank will work with the government to improve two critical development factors: human development and access to energy.
“This will entail scaling up nutrition for children and expanding electricity access to a greater percentage of the Malagasy population.”