Close to 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa – about two-thirds of the population – live without grid electricity. This lack of modern energy services severely limits educational and economic opportunities, as well as negatively impacting day-to-day quality of life and health. Those without electricity often use polluting and expensive lighting sources such as kerosene lamps or candles, the fumes of which can cause serious health problems. Modern, high-quality off-grid lighting and energy products offer a real and sustainable alternative to the off-grid population.
Lighting Africa has already enabled 28.8 million people across Africa to meet their basic electricity needs
Since running its first pilot projects in Ghana and Kenya in 2009, Lighting Africa has already enabled 28.8 million people across Africa to meet their basic electricity needs (lighting and mobile phone charging) through quality-verified off-grid solar products. We aim to reach 250 million more people by 2030. Lighting Africa is currently operational in 25 countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda – with plans to continue to extend our activities across the continent.
A group of studying children switch from kerosene to solar – for a brighter, safer light. ©Lighting Africa
Lighting Africa is part of the World Bank Group’s contribution to Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll). It is implemented in partnership with the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the governments of Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.