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Lighting Africa

2009 - ongoing

Implementing agencies
World Bank, IFC

African partners
Government, Other public body, Private sector, Civil society

Names of African partners involved

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Multi-donor, Multilaterals involved, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Governments of Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America

Geographical scope

Countries where active
Burkina Faso, Dem. Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal Republic, Tanzania, Uganda

Renewables, Electricity

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Stand-alone off-grid

Type of intervention
High-level initiative (upstream), Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Dialogue and networking, Information and analysis, Policy support / institution building, Project preparation / implementation, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing
Grant, Debt, Early stage

Main objectives
Accelerate the development of commercial off-grid lighting markets in Sub-Saharan Africa by catalysing market development and eliminating barriers across the supply chain

Main activities
- Market Intelligence: publication of market research - Quality Assurance: development of a series of Quality Standards and testing methods (now operated by Lighting Global) - Access to Finance: facilitates and leverages financial products to help provide capital for distributors and consumers - Consumer Education: development of consumer education materials and consumer education campaigns in partnership with manufacturers and distributors. - Business Development Support: advisory services for players in this sector on best business practices, corporate governance and risk management - Lighting Africa provides financing via dedicated programs in support of the initiative



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