The World Bank has created the Africa Electricity Grids Explorer as a way to navigate the most up to date collection of open data on grid networks in Africa and the Middle East. This intends to support initiatives in grid and off-grid electricity access, grid infrastructure upgrading, renewable energy and sector planning. It is also part of a push to increase the openness and accessibility of energy data for Sustainable Development Goals, building on the ENERGYDATA.INFO platform, along with platforms such as World Bank Open Data.
This dataset is based on a wide variety of sources, some already open, some open but hard to find, and many that have not been publicly available before. Apart from highlighting the important progress that has been made in opening grid energy-related data globally, this tool also serves to identify gaps in data availability and helps inform further efforts in the space.