Development of Marketplace Competition for Affordable Non-Fossil Lighting in Sub-Saharan Africa


To host a Development Marketplace (DM) Competition in Sub-Saharan Africa to develop low cost, non-fossil lighting products and services for low income households and small businesses.

Main Activities

Lighting Africa DM will be held in April 2008 in Ghana.  Activities  include:

  • Logistical activities associated with conducting the DM
  • Conduct DM competition to select 10-20 qualified teams
  • Monitor/evaluate awardee activities
  • Identify 10-20 DM winners
  • Develop three-five LED lanterns and lighting products for low income  households in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Develop retail linkages for dissemination and sales of lighting product/qualified lanterns in three plus African countries
  • Roll out successful products to a broader consumer base
  • Generate consumer satisfaction via increased economic development, reduced poverty, improved quality of life

Expected Impact

  • Improved lighting quality for households.
  • Improved health impacts from higher quality lanterns.
  • Increased school retention and improved grades.
  • Increased income levels and reduced CO2 emissions
Programme sector: 

Renewable Energy (RE) (Business&Finance)

Stage of project: 



(Sub Saharan Africa)


2007 - 2009


€ 1,815,000 including co-funding from Global Environment Facility (GEF), Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Good Energies, Government of Norway

Implementing agency: 

Implementing Specialists Comp.

REEEP grant funded by:

United Kingdom