Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)
Over one-quarter of the world’s population lives without access to electricity. Off-grid lighting addresses this challenge by providing light to those in need. The move to off-grid lighting is transforming lives and economies in developing countries around the world by increasing incomes, assisting educational development and improving health and safety.
The Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) is a neutral, independent, not-for-profit association created to promote lighting solutions that benefit society and businesses in developing and emerging markets. GOGLA acts as the industry advocate and supports the industry in growing and strengthening the market for clean, quality off-grid lighting and electrical systems. Its main objective is to support industry in scaling the sector based on principles of the triple bottom line, thus contributing to the objectives of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Formed in 2012 as public-private initiative, GOGLA was conceived out of a joint World Bank/IFC Lighting Africa and private sector effort to accelerate market development for energy access. GOGLA’s unique position as an advocate for off-grid lighting outside the philanthropic area enables it to complement the work of partners and to continue where the World Bank / IFC Lighting Global program stops.
The association welcomes the participation of all stakeholders within the off-grid lighting sector.
At the 4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference and Exhibition (October 26th – 29th 2015), co-hosted by GOGLA, Executive Director, Koen Peters, charts the evolution of the association since its inception in 2012.
More information on the conference can be accessed via www.conference2015.gogla.org