This November two new projects have started. With the support of GIZ, GOGLA is implementing the projects “investing into the off-grid lighting market” and “developing a quality assurance roadmap” that will both greatly benefit the accelerated market transition to clean off-grid lighting solutions.
The investing into the off-grid lighting project has the objective to help overcome capital shortage the industry is often facing today and preventing manufacturers and distributors alike from scaling up. Long distribution channels are tying up working capital, investors lack the knowledge about the great market potential of high quality off-grid lighting products and SMEs are having difficulties to access finance in general in order to serve the BOP market. The project entails the publication of a study addressing investors and showcasing the great market potential not yet recognized by the sector. Moreover, two investor conferences will be held in spring 2014 in London and Zurich, where potential investors can meet the industry and learn about investment opportunities in different parts of the value chain. The project is supported by the GIZ, A.T. Kearney, QUADIA, the Solar Energy Foundation, and Solar Aid.
In order to scale up the market, quality assurance is crucial. Low quality products swamping the nascent market would cause deep mistrust with the end user and severely harm sustainable market development. The need to develop a quality assurance roadmap agreed upon by all stakeholders and serving as a guideline for future quality assurance activities, has been identified through the feedback GOGLA has received from its members. In cooperation with GIZ GOGLA has initiated a project with the objective of building on the work of IFC and Schatz Institute and making a major contribution to the development of a quality assurance concept. The project seeks to enable a transparent and informed discussion/consultation process in which every participant can draw on the same level of information and knowledge. A study made accessible to everyone interested, will summarize the status quo and look into possible synergies with neighboring industries (esp. on grid lighting) and benchmarks. In early 2014 two webinars and a quality assurance symposium will bring all stakeholders together to constructively develop a commonly agreed quality assurance roadmap that will serve as a guideline for the development of future standards and performance targets.
GOGLA is very much looking forward to implement these projects in cooperation with our partners.
For further information, please contact Johanna Diecker (Johanna.firstname.lastname@example.org)