This spring, Lighting Africa demonstrated the transformative power of off-grid lighting and energy products to hundreds of World Bank staff and visitors. To do so, black-out tents were set out in the atrium of the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., with support from the Lighting Global Program. The tents were outfitted to resemble the inside of a rural African home, powered by a number of quality-verified, off-grid solar lighting and energy products.
Visitors were able to experience for themselves that grid extension is not the only avenue to bring light and energy to the roughly 1.1 billion un-electrified people around the world. 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