Lighting Africa, a joint IFC and World Bank program, is helping develop commercial off-grid lighting markets in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of the World Bank Group’s wider efforts to improve access to energy. Lighting Africa is mobilizing the private sector to build sustainable markets to provide safe, affordable, and modern off-grid lighting to 2.5 million people in Africa by 2012 and to 250 million people by 2030.
Improved lighting provides significant socio-economic, health and environmental benefits, such as new income generation opportunities for small businesses, longer and better illumination for studying, extended productive hours in the home as well as reduced indoor air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Lighting Africa is a key element of the Solar and LED Energy Access (SLED) program, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a global forum that encourages the transition to a clean energy economy.
Lighting Africa has piloted its approach in Kenya and Ghana and is now expanding its activities to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Senegal and Mali.
Lighting Africa works on:
- Quality assurance
- Market intelligence
- Consumer education
- Business support / Access to finance
- Policy and public sector operations