About working group lighting


675 million people in Asia lack access to electricity and do depend on conventional fuel burning to meet their daily lighting needs. Solar lighting offers a cleaner, safer and often cheaper alternative. There’s a clear link between poverty and access to light: countries with the lowest levels of electrification often have the highest levels of poverty. Without lighting, nightfall often means that adults have to stop working and children have to stop studying—two critical activities that could otherwise help communities escape their burdens.

 In Asia, solar devices are promoted by an extensive number of small and medium sized companies (SME). Despite existing commercial and semi-commercial models for lighting, up-scaling of these efforts has been challenging due to lack and limitations of finance, of exchange of knowledge and awareness, of common standards and policies and of distribution mechanisms.

 The Energy for All Partnership established the thematic working group Lighting for All to meet these challenges. It expands access to solar lighting technologies among rural communities by linking the international lighting industry (including storage, electrics and solar) with local system integrators, financers and service providers. For local communities, this transfer of technological knowledge strengthens their capabilities to design, develop and deliver high-efficiency, high-quality, reliable and affordable lighting products and services. For the industry, it catalyzes the undeveloped, high-growth rural lighting market by providing cutting-edge technologies and know-how adapted for local challenges.

 By making these connections, the Lighting working group builds strategic partnerships to develop, finance, and deliver modern lighting products and services.


Our goal is clear:

We aim to provide energy access to
100 million people in Asia and
the Pacific Region by 2015.





> Funding secured
to reach
4,500,000 people

Lighting projects

Energy poverty is one of the most pressing issues of this century. It’s a problem of technology, of infrastructure, of economics, of culture, and of politics - and it impacts over a billion people in the Asia-Pacific region alone.

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Update on the Energy for All Investor Forum

May 31 2011

For the first time, Energy for All will organize an Investor Forum to feature sustainable energy access project models and innovative financing mechanisms. The Investor Forum will be a pre-forum event of the 6th Asia Clean Energy Forum and will be held at ADB in Manila on 21 June 2011. While a limited number of […]


Energy for All during the 6th ACEF in June

May 31 2011

The 6th Asia Clean Energy Forum will be held from 20 – 24 June 2011 at the ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines, marking 2 years since the partnership was launched at the 4th ACEF in 2009. Energy access will once again play a major role during the Forum, with 6 sessions on the theme of […]


CARD BDS Trains 1,300 "Nanays" on Solar Lighting

May 31 2011

Between January and March 2011, CARD Business Development Services (BDS), an affiliate of CARD MRI – one of the largest microfinance institutions in the Philippines – trained more than 1,300 “nanays,” or small store owners, to become solar lighting resellers. Trainings were conducted in 7 provinces in the Philippines under a project supported by ADB […]


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Lighting Working Group Members

The Energy for All Partnership is facilitated by ETC Foundation in close collaboration with ADB. Below you may find an overview of some of our working group members. For an overview of all members Read more

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    Be part of the global effort to fight poverty by providing modern energy services to the poor. The energy for All Partnership invites organizations active in supporting acces to energy in Asia and the Pacific to join our working groups