Energy Access Explorer is an online, open-source, interactive platform that will enable clean energy entrepreneurs, energy planners, donors, and development-oriented institutions in the health, education, agriculture sectors in Ethiopia to identify priority areas (at 1 km2 resolution) where energy access can be expanded and linked to socio-economic development. EAE synthesizes several geospatial data on demographics, social and productive uses of electricity, resource availability, power infrastructure, environment, and finance services and allows users to carry out custom multi-criteria decision analysis on-the-fly. Beyond its visualization and analytical capabilities, EAE functions as an adaptable, dynamic information system (following certain data standards) which reduces data transaction costs for both data providers and users.

The purpose of the meeting was to share progress to date with key stakeholders in the country (including the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ministry of Health, Central Statistics Agency, Agricultural Transformation Agency, Ministry of Education and receive feedback to continue developing the platform in a way that reflects the user needs in the country.

An official public launch is anticipated later in 2021.


  • Kenassa Bato, Ethiopia Assistant Country Manager, Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility
  • Mr. Yisehak Seboka, Alternative Energy Technology Development and promotion Directorate, MoWIE
  • Santiago Sinclair Lecaros, Geospatial Data Analyst, Energy Access Explorer, World Resources Institute
  • Dimitrios Mentis, Senior Energy Geographer & Project Lead, Energy Access Explorer, World Resources Institute
  • Benson Ireri, Africa Lead, Energy Access, World Resources Institute