Quality Communication: Quality assurance in Kenya’s off-grid lighting market

Quality assurance (QA) is a core feature of Lighting Global’s support for the growing off-grid lighting market, and there is a recognized need for reliable information about product quality and performance as the market grows towards 10’s to 100’s of millions of users served. Fundamentally, QA is a process of ensuring that accurate and trusted information about product quality is available for those who need it: producers, buyers, regulators, and other market stakeholders. For example, Lighting Global’s voluntary product testing leads to performance results that are published through a standardized specifications sheet that can inform the purchasing decisions of distributors and investors.
In this report we describe how QA information can be effectively captured and deployed throughout the modern supply chain. As the market evolves, there are new opportunities for strengthening QA activities. Our findings include new insights on the role of information and communication technology (ICT) access, the emergence of recognized brands and large distributors, and broader awareness of pico-solar. The opportunities we identify build on the successful QA foundations of product testing and verification that are at the heart of the Lighting Global approach.

Resource Type: Case Studies & Project Information, Market Analysis & Trends