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  • Location: Africa region
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  • By: Africa Region
  • Type: Regional
  • Source: World Resources Institute (2011) A Compilation of Green Economy Policies, Programs, and Initiatives from Around the World. The Green Economy in Practice: Interactive Workshop 1, February 11th, 2011
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Lighting Africa Initiative
Lighting Africa is a joint International Finance Corporation and World Bank program that supports the global lighting industry in developing affordable, clean, and efficient modern lighting and energy solutions for millions of Sub-Saharan Africans who currently live without access to the electricity grid. Lighting Africa aims to leverage global expenditures on fuel-based lighting to develop, accelerate, and sustain the market for modern off-grid lighting alternatives including the latest light-emitting diode, fluorescent, human-cranking, and solar technologies.


Lighting Africa is a joint International Finance Corporation and World Bank program that supports the global lighting industry in developing affordable, clean, and efficient modern lighting and energy solutions for millions of Sub-Saharan Africans who currently live without access to the electricity grid. Lighting Africa aims to leverage global expenditures on fuel-based lighting to develop, accelerate, and sustain the market for modern off-grid lighting alternatives including the latest light-emitting diode, fluorescent, human-cranking, and solar technologies.


The benefits of the initiative are as follows:


Skills training/education of energy sources and availability via consumer outreach campaign.


Improved access to energy.


Reduced kerosene use.


Reduced greenhouse gas emissions.


Increased market opportunities for renewable energy: an estimated 100,000 lanterns and task lights were sold in Ghana, Kenya and elsewhere in 2009 by 22 manufacturers.


Reduced barriers between the global lighting industry and local service providers.

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