Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP)


Global LEAP works to catalyze markets for clean energy access products and services throughout the developing world. Core Global LEAP efforts focus on the following: 

  • Supporting quality assurance frameworks for off-grid energy products and services, which builds consumer and investor confidence
  • Enabling the uptake of super-efficient off-grid technologies, which reduce energy supply costs
  • Facilitating programmatic, policy, and research collaboration among energy access stakeholders 

Global LEAP was launched at the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) in 2012 as a commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All campaign, and is led by the US Department of Energy. Since then, Global LEAP and its partners have made significant progress in fostering clean energy access markets around the globe, benefiting millions of un-served and under-served off-grid populations.

Global LEAP is the energy access initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial.

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Global LEAP member governments include Italy, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Multilateral development institution partners include the African Development Bank, Global Environment Facility, International Finance Corporation, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Bank.

The Energy and Resources Institute, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Department for International Development of the United Kingdom, Global BrightLight Foundation, Infrastructure Development Company Limited, Power Africa, Power for All, Shell Foundation, and the United Nations Foundation are development and foundation partners.

There are more than 130 private sector and civil society supporters of the Global LEAP Principles.