About Lighting Global

Lighting Global is a joint IFC-World Bank program that supports the development of commercial markets for solar devices that provide modern energy services to those without reliable access to the electricity grid. Through Lighting Global, IFC and the World Bank collaborate with the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), manufacturers, distributors, and other development partners to support growth of modern, off-grid energy solutions for households and micro enterprises globally. Lighting Global supports the regional market transformation programs—Lighting Africa, Lighting Asia, and Lighting MENA (Middle East and North Africa). The regional programs work along the supply chain to reduce market entry barriers and first mover risks.


The Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) is a neutral, independent, not-for-profit association created to promote lighting solutions that benefit society and businesses in developing and emerging markets. GOGLA acts as the industry advocate and supports the industry in growing and strengthening the market for clean, quality off-grid lighting and electrical systems. Its main objective is to support industry in scaling the sector based on principles of the triple bottom line, thus contributing to the objectives of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Formed in 2012 as public-private initiative, GOGLA was conceived out of a joint World Bank/IFC Lighting Africa and private sector effort to accelerate market development for energy access.