Lighting Global

Membership Tier: Associate


Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s platform to support sustainable growth of the international off-grid solar market as a means of rapidly increasing energy access to the 1.2 billion people without grid electricity. Through Lighting Global, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank work with the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), manufacturers, distributors, and other development partners to develop the modern off-grid energy market. The Lighting Global program supports market development by working with private companies to lower first-mover risk and mobilize private sector investment through market intelligence, quality assurance, business support services and consumer education.

Lighting Global and SAFE

To date, more than 131 million people have benefited from using Lighting Global quality verified solar lighting products, and more than 39.5 million people have had their basic (Tier 1) lighting needs met. Lighting Global's work has had positive spill-over effects in refugee settings, and we want our engagement to be formalized and to provide our clients with the opportunity to engage with this market. Lighting Global has always been philosophically aligned to SAFE work and would now like to actively contribute to the growing refugee issue.  

As a global multi-lateral platform, Lighting Global is represented on the SAFE Working Group by IFC and the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP), which administers Lighting Global's product database.


Lighting Global is the go-to organization in the matter of off-grid solar devices. We work to create and enable markets in the off-grid sector. As refugee camps are untapped market places, Lighting Global’s work will inform the SAFE Working Group on best practices for market penetration and sustainability. Moreover, Lighting Global’s quality assurance program is a useful resource for partner agencies’ procurement systems. Lighting Global brings the following resources and expertise to the SAFE Working Group:

  • Connections with the off-grid solar private sector and a network of standalone solar system producers and distributors
  • Market knowledge of standalone solar systems
  • On-the-ground work in ten countries relevant to SAFE: Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar.
  • Experience in creation of sustainable markets of standalone solar systems
  • Quality assurance standards for off-grid solar products


Nicole Silvya Bouris |

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