year the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), an independent, not-for-profit association was founded borne out of an IFC/World Bank Lighting Global program. GOGLA was created to accelerate access to modern energy, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 7.
companies and organizations within the solar lighting and home electrification industry are represented by GOGLA. The products and solutions these members promote are affordable. They transform lives by improving health and education, creating jobs and income opportunities and helping consumers save money.
core barriers to growth of the sector that GOGLA is focused on as part of its objective to help the industry grow quickly but sustainably:
‘Mobilizing investment’. Access to finance is a key barrier to market growth. We focus on generating market intelligence and on facilitating dialogue between industry and investors, among others, through targeted events.
‘Creating an enabling environment’. This involves advocacy work with national governments and major influencers, helping to shape policy. Part of this includes demonstrating the environmental and social impact of access to clean, modern energy.
‘Quality assurance and consumer protection’. Consumers must get good and reliable services for their money. When low quality products fail they damage consumer confidence in the technology. GOGLA is therefore working on consumer protection and on promoting globally harmonized minimum quality standards and seeking to ensure products can be serviced, and are handled responsibly, both environmentally and socially, from production to the end of their life.