The majority of households in Sub-Saharan Africa rely on costly, inefficient and hazardous fossil-fuel based lighting, and buying the kerosene for lamps can consume up to 30% of total family incomes.
Lighting Africa (LA) is a joint IFC/World Bank programme to accelerate the market for affordable and modern off-grid lighting solutions in the region. LA is mobilizing the private sector to provide 500,000 high quality lanterns by the end of 2012, benefiting some 2.5 million people. The longer-term goal is to provide 250 million people with clean off-grid lighting by 2030.
Two previous REEEP-funded projects supported LA exhibitions in Ghana and Kenya to showcase modern off-grid lighting solutions. Currently LA is widening its scope to Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mali, Senegal, and Liberia.