WEBINAR | 2019 PAYGo Market Attractiveness Index

Lighting Global recently released the 2019 version of the Pay-As-You-Go Market Attractiveness Index (PAYGo MAI) for 24 countries across Sub Saharan Africa and Asia. The updated PAYGo MAI provides businesses, policymakers and practitioners with a flexible and accessible tool that can be used to assess the profitability of a national market for PAYGo energy services. … Read More

“You Can See the Future from Here” The World Bank Solar Village

What do you think of when you imagine a village center? Most likely some sort of kiosk or market comes to mind; a place to buy essentials, and perhaps a cool drink. Maybe you imagine a larger village with a school and a medical center, both of which would draw visitors from surrounding areas – … Read More

SAVE THE DATE | 2020 Forum and Expo

Please mark your calendars for the next edition of the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo to be held 18 – 20 February 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya. During these two days, our event will provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange, networking opportunities, and the exhibition of off-grid solar products and services. Lighting Global co-hosts … Read More

QUALITY ASSURANCE | Off-Grid Standards and Regulations: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed? Reflections from Naomi Wagura, Lighting Global QA

By Naomi Wagura, Lighting Global Quality Assurance  As the off-grid solar market in East Africa expands, more governments are considering standards and regulations for an increasing number of products, including off-grid appliances. Standards ensure poor-quality products are kept out of the market, provide a level playing field for all market players, and ensure end-consumers are … Read More

CALL FOR COMMENTS | Feedback on proposed changes to the draft quality standards

Lighting Global Quality Assurance is seeking your feedback on proposed changes to the draft quality standards that are currently under review by the IEC. As discussed in prior outreach, we submitted a draft of IEC/TS 62257-13-1 last September for consideration by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). This document is largely aligned with the Lighting Global … Read More

EVENT | PAYGo PERFORM Workshop in Amsterdam

Join the Lighting Global, GOGLA, and CGAP teams in Amsterdam for the upcoming  PAYGo PERFORM Workshop: The Last Mile to KPIs 2.0 this June. This session will provide updates on the PAYGo PERFORM initiative and detailed progress from our working groups. To see event details and reserve your spot, click here. WHEN: Wednesday, June 19, … Read More

PRESS RELEASE | IFC Expands Energy Access Partnership With Italian Government

IFC EXPANDS ENERGY ACCESS PARTNERSHIP WITH ITALIAN GOVERNMENT Washington D.C., March 26, 2019 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, expanded its transformational ten-year partnership with the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land, and Sea (IMELS). At IFC headquarters in Washington D.C. today, IMELS Director General for Sustainable Development and Environmental Damage, Francesco … Read More

REPORT | The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Energy Access

Worldwide, there is a growing importance to support the energy access needs of forcibly displaced persons. During humanitarian crises, energy access is often considered a lower priority when compared to the basic human needs of nutrition, health, education, etc. Further, empowering a marketplace for refugees strengthen self-determination and enables the development of economies and an … Read More

STUDY: The Impacts of Solar Lanterns on Rural Indian Households

A new study, undertaken by IFC’s Lighting Asia/India Program in partnership with d.light evaluates the impact of solar lanterns on households’ economic, health, and educational parameters in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar India. Read the report.