Explore, Read, Watch and Learn – Our August 2023 Reading and Watch List

A collection of recommended publications and videos from Efficiency for Access and our partners.

Welcome to the Efficiency for Access “read and watch” list for summer 2023! Delve into some of our publications over the last year, and recommendations for materials from our partners.

From an interview with the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Gold winners, to a journey down the Road to Zero Interest in energy access, this selection of powerful narratives has something to inform and inspire everyone in the realms of renewable energy access, affordability and sustainability.

For those looking for video content, we’ve also compiled a relevant and insightful watchlist, including recordings of our past and recent webinars, the exciting Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Grand Final, and Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge finalists.

So, find a cool spot, settle into a comfortable seat, and please enjoy.

Reading List

Published every six months by GOGLA, The World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program and the Efficiency for Access Coalition, this report explores sales and impact of off-grid solar lighting products and appliances, sold by GOGLA affiliates. It is the bedrock of information on the off-grid solar and energy-efficient appliances sector.

Efficiency for Access carried out field testing in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Senegal and India to evaluate the technical performance of solar refrigerators, solar water pumps and solar milking machines.

These reports evaluate the cold chain technology markets in India, Kenya and Nigeria. Each report identifies current trends, barriers and opportunities for market transformation, as well as strategies to accelerate the adoption of cold chain technologies for fresh food value chains at scale.

The Acumen Energy Summit in Kampala brought together participants from 70 organizations dedicated to advancing universal energy access. The summit was a resounding success filled with thought-provoking discussions, innovative ideas, and a shared commitment to drive change. This report explores the key takeaways from the event.

A study on solar refrigerators and walk-in cold rooms in India and Kenya.

An assessment of the overall climate impact from the full life cycle of off-grid domestic refrigerators and walk-in cold rooms.

Read a summary of the key insights in this report.


We had the privilege of sitting down with the Gold Award winning team, and discussing the story behind their environmentally beneficial design.

Identifying a range of concessional consumer financing (CCF) delivery models that could be adopted in energy access settings and positions CCF as a potential new tool in the toolbox of public funding interventions. The report is for governments, aid agencies, foundations and programme implementers interested in exploring how CCF can be used to overcome affordability constraints and help to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7).

Read SEforALL’s accompanying article: Making energy affordable for everyone – time to explore all options

What can governments and development partners do to accelerate and scale Productive Uses of Renewable Energy (PURE)?

This report, and accompanying guidance paper, provide guidance for Governments and Development Partners to help developing countries across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia accelerate access to off-grid solar technologies.

This report uses five diverse case studies of crop value chains in Kenya to help document how energy access for farmers can be aligned with efforts aimed at transitioning farming systems to regenerative agriculture.

Community resilience in the context of climate change, focusing on the role of off-grid solar products and equipment in supporting low-income communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

An exploration of Canadian start-up OVO Solar on their mission to empower smallholder farmers in Africa by developing an off-grid modular solar egg incubator.

Watch List

InfiCold, one of the finalists in the 2022 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge, is working to give Indian farmers access to efficient cold storage provisions, increasing shelf life and accelerating income generation.

CoolCrop, one of the finalists in the 2022 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge, is working to give Indian farmers access to efficient cold storage provisions, increasing shelf life and incomes.

On 2 May 2023, Efficiency for Access brought together cold chain experts to explore market trends, innovative solutions and the importance of field testing to ensure products are ready for market.

A webinar exploring the semi-annual Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report, showing record-breaking sales of solar energy kits.

A webinar Efficiency for Access hosted on June 6, 2023, featuring valuable insights for solar manufacturers, distributors, and stakeholders to enhance user satisfaction, drive innovation, and advance access to high-impact solar appliances.

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Grand Final for the 2022-2023 Challenge year was held on 15 June 2023. It included a showreel of what the Challenge is all about, a keynote speech by Abubakar Shuaibu, a conversation between an industry partner and student participants on what the mentoring experience is like, and the amazing award ceremony.

Could concessional consumer financing (CCF) help with achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7)? This webinar presented the affordability challenge on a global level, a country-specific example from Malawi, as well as the key findings and recommendations from the concessional consumer financing report, The Road to Zero Interest.



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