Our Donors & Partners

Lighting Global is part of the World Bank Group’s contribution to Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll). Lighting Global is managed by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and financed by ESMAP’s donors, and others. We work with World Bank task teams on the development of lending operations in the off-grid energy sector, and in close partnership with IFC. We also regularly collaborate with a number of development partners on knowledge products and other activities that help drive forward our mutual goal towards achieving SDG7.

Our Donors

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the following donors:

The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is a partnership between the World Bank and 24 partners to help low- and middle-income countries reduce poverty and boost growth through sustainable energy solutions. ESMAP’s analytical and advisory services are fully integrated within the World Bank’s country financing and policy dialogue in the energy sector. Through the World Bank Group (WBG), ESMAP works to accelerate the energy transition required to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. It helps to shape WBG strategies and programs to achieve the WBG Climate Change Action Plan targets. For more information visit www.esmap.org.
Shell Foundation (SF) is a UK-registered charity established in 2000 that creates and scales business solutions to enhance access to sustainable energy and transport. We exist to serve the low-income communities most affected by these issues.

We provide capital and counsel to enterprises and ecosystems capable of delivering positive change at scale via disruptive technologies or business models without long-term reliance on charitable support or subsidy. To date our work has improved the livelihoods of more than 215m people.

Our Partners

Lighting Global works with a number of development partners to continue to develop the global off-grid energy market to rapidly increase access to off-grid solar energy for the 733 million people living without electricity world-wide. We enjoy close partnerships with the following organizations, among others:


The World Bank comprises the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The organization’s mission is to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in a sustainable way. The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. For more information visit www.worldbank.org.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
GOGLA is the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry. We are proud to champion one of the world’s most innovative and impactful sectors. Hundreds of millions of people already benefit from affordable, high-quality, clean off-grid solar products and services.

With the right support, our pioneering industry will be able to scale up rapidly to improve the lives of 1 billion people by 2030. To help make this happen, we promote, safeguard, and convene the industry, advocating for enabling policies and increased investment as well as supporting our 200+ members with effective services. To find out more, visit www.gogla.org.

An evolution of Lighting Global Quality Assurance, VeraSol supports high-performing, durable off-grid products that expand access to modern energy services. VeraSol builds upon the strong foundation for quality assurance laid by the World Bank Group and expands its services to encompass off-grid appliances, productive use equipment, and component-based solar home systems. VeraSol is managed by CLASP in collaboration with the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University. Foundational support is provided by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program, UKaid, IKEA Foundation, and others. Please visit VeraSol.org for more information.