"Lighting Asia Bangladesh, a joint initiative of IFC and GIZ, aims to provide access to lighting in off-grid area by catalyzing the private sector driven Pico PV systems market in Bangladesh. The objective of this effort is to provide cleaner, safer, and better lighting options to the off-grid communities across Bangladesh. Out of 160 million in Bangladesh, approximately 70 million people do not have access to grid electricity and another 60 million have unreliable grid connections. The off-grid and underserved communities are meeting their lighting needs by burning fossil fuels like kerosene and diesel that are inefficient, uneconomical, unhealthy, environmentally damaging, and dangerous. Lighting Asia Bangladesh aims to address this problem by displacing the use of fossil fuels with quality Pico PV lighting devices and other appliances through the private sector."