VIENNA, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Philips signed an agreement to jointly study effects of the social and economic impact of a new generation of solar powered LED area lighting solution being installed in off-grid communities in Cabo Verde, off the coast of Western Africa, the UN organization announced on Thursday.
Under the agreement, innovative Philips solar-LED powered area lighting will be installed across the Cabo Verde Islands. Applications will cover both economic and social activities; Based on the successful implementation of the project and findings from the same, the partners plan to expand to other countries on the continent.
The study will help better understand the effects of evening time lighting on aspects of rural community life such as safety, education, productivity and economic development.
"Through this integrated development approach, UNIDO is looking at helping developing countries in Africa expand access to reliable and modern sources of lighting in order to reduce poverty and to improve the health of citizens, while at the same time promoting sustainable economic growth and mitigating climate change,"said Li Yong, the Director General of UNIDO.