The Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)

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User Profile

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 the 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 is composed of industry members such as manufacturers and distributers, as well as associated members including companies with an interest in the sector. The following activities are key to GOGLA’s mission:

  • Positioning off-grid lighting outside the philanthropic arena as a fully recognized industry in an important and growing market.
  • Working with small and medium enterprises in developing and emerging countries to reduce barriers and increase opportunities.
  • Co-operating with legislative bodies to develop directives and regulations that are relevant to the industry on a national, regional and global level.
  • Providing a platform for industry communications and information sharing to enable equal access to opportunities.

IRIS Use

In 2015, IRIS and GOGLA collaborated to identify the alignment between IRIS metrics and a set of standardized impact metrics that can be used to understand the impact of the off-grid energy sector. The list of IRIS metrics that align to the GOGLA metrics on a 1:1 basis and thematically are listed on the following tab, “Metric Framework,” and the full GOGLA framework can be found on the last tab, “Documents.”

Other Impact Measurement Tools

GOGLA convened a working group in 2013 to produce a harmonized standard for the off-grid energy sector; the complete document for this framework can be found on the following tab, “Documents.” This framework outlines conservatively constructed calculations for modelling a set of priority metrics, which all GOGLA members and other companies are encouraged to report on. The underlying calculations are based on expertly reviewed estimations, analysis, and other inputs from the working group’s members and other external experts in the field. Importantly, this framework identifies priority impact metrics relevant to GOGLA members for global reporting, establishes appropriate formulae for calculating metric values, and sources available data to propose coefficient default values (with references, assumptions, and limitations outlined). Each metric outlines the definition, estimations underlying the metric, the usefulness of the metric, the calculation, and improvements planned for future work.