Around 1.3 billion people around the world have limited access to electricity with an overwhelming number residing in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. Limited access to electricity means life beyond the daylight hours is incredibly restricted. Children cannot properly study and pursue their educational goals and neighborhoods and individuals can feel unsafe.
In response to the energy needs of migrants and remote communities across the globe, IOM has launched the Global Solar Lantern Initiative. It aims to provide solar lanterns to vulnerable families in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Solar lanterns provide on average 4-5 hours of quality light without the toxic fumes associated with kerosene lamps which can cause serious health problems as well as pose serious fire hazards. In distributing solar lanterns, IOM and its partners will improve the quality of life of vulnerable families and communities and will contribute to the achievement of of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Project objectives
IOM is aiming to help 228,000 vulnerable individuals in 57,000 households get better access to light through distribution of solar lanterns. IOM aims to establish partnerships with the solar lighting sector and other businesses interested in making a positive impact on migrants and communities across the globe. Businesses may benefit by gaining access to a new consumer base, enhancing their visibility in emerging markets, and developing stronger ties with migrants and communities across the globe.Beneficiaries
Migrants, Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, Remote CommunitiesCurrent progress
IOM’s Global Solar Lanterns Initiative has already provided solar lanterns to approximately 32,000 individuals in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Ghana, Ethiopia and Somalia. Existing partnerships include Waka Waka, a Dutch solar company that provides IOM with a solar lantern to distribute to vulnerable families for every solar lantern purchased. In addition, IOM and Panasonic have partnered to jointly enhance the quality of life in developing communities through the provision of solar lanterns in Ethiopia and Somalia.Project URL
1. No poverty; 3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 12. Responsible consumption and productionPartnership types of interest
Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goodsIssue areas
Child Labour; Children's Rights; Education; Forced Labour; Gender Equality; Health; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Migrant Workers; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 2; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Women's Empowerment; Youth