Every year, African households and small businesses spend over EUR 17 billion on lighting mainly in fuel-based sources such as kerosene, a costly and inefficient alternative. However, despite the fact that many households spend as much as 30% of their disposable income on fuel-based lighting, consumers receive little value in return. Fuel-based lighting is inefficient, provides limited, poor quality light and exposes users to significant health and fire hazards. Exacerbating this problem, fuel-based lighting produces greenhouse gases, leads to increased indoor air pollution and associated health risks, inhibits productivity and jeopardizes human safety. In order to address the situation, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) launched in September 2007 the “Lighting Africa Policy Support” initiative.
The objective of this program, jointly managed by the World Bank and IFC, is to provide up to 250 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to non-fossil fuel-based, low-cost, safe and reliable lighting products with associated basic energy services by the year 2030.
Lighting Africa has mainly stressed policy-related issues which have been identified as some of the key barriers to accelerating the large-scale market penetration of improved high-quality non-fossil fuel-based lighting products.
Econoler was mandated to jointly conduct with MARGE the Lighting Africa Policy Support study for the World Bank and IFC. The study covered the following selected countries: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania.
Econoler was responsible for conducting Lighting Africa studies in Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia and Ghana. The tasks performed are described as follows:
- Identify key policy and regulatory barriers in each of the eight selected countries (case studies) both at the policy definition and implementation levels.
- Carry out a cross-country analysis to identify the most common issues, good practices and impacts from countries that have already adopted measures to facilitate market penetration of modern lighting appliances.
- Recommend key measures to remove identified barriers.
Study findings were presented in a May 2010 workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.