Green Light for Africa

The Green Light for Africa is a partnership between Philips and the Dutch Government to provide affordable and sustainable solar lighting solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Green Light for Africa

The majority of the households in Sub Saharan Africa are not connected to the electricity grid. That is why they use kerosene lamps for lighting. Philips has recently introduced a rechargeable solar lantern in Ghana. It is very high quality, and made to provide users a reliable service for many years. It will be backed community-based retailers with spare parts and well trained technicians. In July 2008 Philips signed a public private partnership agreement with the Dutch Government, which will see the development of a new generation of sustainable - solar powered lighting solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the agreement the Dutch government will provide funding for awareness creation, entrepreneurial training, as well as support for finance mechanisms and project management. Philips in turn commits to provide a balanced investment in new product development for African people and households deprived of access to modern energy services.


  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) - The Netherlands

    Funding Agencies
    Netherlands | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes the interests of the Kingdom abroad. The Ministry coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy at its headquarters in The Hague and through its...

  • Philips

    Goods Supplier
    Netherlands | Staff size: 10,000+

    Royal Philips is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting....

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Key Information

LocationSub Saharan Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya
  • Start Date 2008
ValueEUR 6 Million