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Africa Electricity Data Transparency

54 country profiles on electricity data: what data is available, where, and how good is it?

Pete Tunbridge

25 January 2022 | 12 min read

Executive summary

Current data availability is limited

Key findings

  • National electricity data is available for many countries in Africa, but the quality is generally low, with long lag times and inconsistent publishing frequency.
  • Of the 54 countries evaluated, 23 (> 40%) had either only very old national data available, or had none at all.
  • South Africa scored the highest in our evaluation of data availability and quality, with no country scoring 5/5 in our rating

While data availability across Africa is improving, there are many gaps. Improving this will be critical to make sure that decision makers are armed with the best possible information to guide the clean electricity scale-up in each country.

Guy Cunliffe Energy and Sustainability Analyst

Country profiles

National electricity data

Country-by-country profiles and evaluation of national electricity data sources

This report is hosted in this slide pack. View it below, or download here as a PDF.

Conclusion

Open data will facilitate Africa's electricity transition

Timely, reliable and publicly available data will be critical for informing and tracking Africa’s electricity transition.

Robust data can support efforts to ensure that projected demand growth is supplied by clean generation, while rooting out reliance on fossil fuels altogether.

As our report shows, current data availability is limited. This will need to change in order to foster transparent decision-making and accountability by African electricity planners across the continent.

Recommendations

Data transparency in Africa is improving. Many countries have new or updated national data sources that have been developed in the last few years. As Africa’s electric grid and ICT infrastructure both improve, it is likely that data availability and reliability will improve – but countries in Africa will need support to accelerate these developments.

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