Lighting Tanzania (IFC-600415)

  • Tanzania
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Jul 5, 2016
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Republic of Tanzania
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 4.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Feb 26, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Apr 12, 2017

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

The program aims to increase access to better, cleaner and safer off-grid lighting to the rural populations not connected to the grid. The project will accelerate the development of the markets for modern off-grid lighting products.The program will accomplish this by undertaking a number of market development activities:
- Market Intelligence: to help product marketers and distributors understand the new off-grid lighting market segment, supply and distribution chains. The insights from the research serve to inform their business and strategic plans.
- Quality Assurance: promoting the adoption of Lighting Global quality standards across the sector to counter the risk of market spoilage from the infiltration of low quality products that erodes confidence in the new off-grid technologies among consumers, financiers and stakeholders.
- Access to Finance: Adequate financing along the entire supply chain has been identified as being critical for the growth of the off-grid lighting market. The program will develop financing facilities through financial institutions to meet the demand from the market.
- Consumer Education: creating awareness, for a market to grow and thrive, consumers must know what products are available, and understand the value and benefits of these products over what the consumers are currently using (kerosene and candles etc.). Consumers must also be able to distinguish between good and poor quality products in order to get good value for their scarce resources.
- Business Development Support: provide a range of market and business development support activities directly to manufacturers, distributors and retailers under this component with the objective of fostering competition and creating a vibrant and competitive market that will extend distribution to the rural areas.

Investment Description
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