The Lighting Africa Development Marketplace seeks to catalyze the large scale and sustainable delivery of low cost, high quality, non-fossil lighting products and services in Africa, especially for poor households, communities and businesses. The Lighting Africa DM will build upon the existing base of lighting technologies, seeking market solutions to provide an array of products with the quality, applications, costs, and/or configurations needed by this market segment. The DM aims at supporting technology and market innovation, reducing transaction costs, mitigating market risks, promoting commercial discipline, and addressing demand and supply side constraints to improve access to better lighting.


The DM is a key component of the Lighting Africa Initiative of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Lighting Africa is aimed at catalyzing access to non-fossil fuel based lighting products and associated energy services to about 250 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa by the year 2030. Lighting Africa is designed to contribute to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by reducing poverty and enhancing quality of life. It is a cornerstone of the World Bank’s Clean Energy and Development Investment Framework and the Africa Energy Access Scale-Up Plan.

The LADM theme, Innovations in Off‐Grid Lighting Products and Services for Africa, focuses on households, businesses, and community service providers without access to electricity. Among the poor, lighting is often the most expensive of all energy uses. The Lighting Africa DM provides a platform for accessing this market.


Activities include:


  • Increasing the use of the latest technology products and services through broader use of lighting technologies such as compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) that promise clean, durable, lower cost, and high quality lighting. The LADM is technology-neutral and open to a number of modern, non fossil-based energy options such as renewable energy sources. It also promotes inclusion of multiple services such as mobile phone charging and powering of radios.
  • Strengthening manufacturing, marketing, and distribution supply chains by improving access to information, enhancing capacities, building partnerships and networks, taking advantage of existing supply chains that are already providing a variety of goods and services throughout Africa, and through demand aggregation to cost-effectively reach customers.
  • Enhancing affordability by reducing product cost and increasing access to financing.
  • Removing policy, regulatory, and other barriers and thereby reducing transaction costs and mitigating market risks while promoting commercial discipline.



Proposal sub-themes fall into four areas:


  1. Service Delivery: Sustainable and large scale delivery of lighting products and services in Sub‐Saharan Africa, including through removal of policy and other barriers.
  2. Product innovation: Responding to consumer and market needs by development and commercialization of high quality, durable, efficient, low cost lighting products and services.
  3. Environment: Using renewable energy, clean energy technologies, energy efficiency, and/or environmentally sustainable solutions to meet the lighting needs of households, small enterprises, communities, etc.
  4. Health: Protecting health from environmental risk factors, such as indoor air pollution and improper disposal of hazardous material.