Lighting AfricaTuesday 10th March 2015
When there is a blackout and we are forced into darkness it reduces or even stops a lot of what we need to do. Imagine facing that situation daily, once the sun goes down you have little or no light to continue what you need to do, this is is the situation in much of the third world, as it has been throughout human history. Hence it is good news to hear about initiatives to change this for millions of people.
The International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have launched today the Lighting Africa program for Nigeria. The program will help increase access to affordable, clean and safer lighting for more than 30% of Nigeria’s population who live in rural areas, and have low incomes and no access to grid electricity.
Lighting Africa mobilizes the private sector to build and develop markets that enable access to clean, affordable, quality lighting products by fostering partnerships among local and global manufacturers and creating new channels through local distribution companies that will help build robust supply chains for off-grid lighting products.
Lighting Africa is a key component of the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP), an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial. The Clean Energy Ministerial is a global forum where best practices are shared, and policies and programs encouraging and facilitating transition to a clean global energy economy are promoted.
A good news story that will hopefully transform the lives of millions of people, affecting the education of children, the productivity of businesses and individuals.
Source: Lighting Africa.
Tuesday 10th March 2015