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The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) works to transform the global market for affordable, clean, high-quality off-grid lighting by addressing fundamental barriers to market development. Launched in 2012, Global LEAP continues the work of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s original energy access initiative (the Solar and LED Energy Access initiative)* while working to achieve greater impact within the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All campaign.

Global LEAP builds on a joint initiative led by the International Finance Corporation and The World Bank, known as Lighting Africa, which began activities in 2007 and provided the foundation for Global LEAP. The program’s structure includes activities in five main areas: product quality assurance, finance across the supply chain, market intelligence, consumer education, and policy.


With an initial focus on replacing dirty, fossil-fuel-based light sources such as kerosene lanterns with solar-powered, light-emitting diode (LED) lights, Global LEAP aims to achieve the following:

  • Facilitate access to improved lighting services for 10 million people within five years.

For more information, view the Global LEAP activities pagefact sheet, or guiding principles.

*Note: The Solar and LED Energy Access initiative was renamed Global LEAP in November 2012.