Usaid News: USAID Launches Global PNG Electrification Information System Platform

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The Electrification Global Information System (GIS) platform, built by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will help off-grid energy providers achieve more than 50% electrification in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 2030.

USAID Pacific officer Sean Callahan said the system would initially be available to several hundred electrification customers. This interactive mapping platform allows actors working on electrification in PNG to analyze different indicators related to localized populations and communities.

To bring electricity to rural PNG, USAID worked with stakeholders. This five-year, $57 million project, in cooperation with the PNG government, aims to connect 70% of the population to electricity by 2030 and help the country become self-sufficient. This data-driven strategy will provide our off-grid partners with the up-to-date, real-time information they need to help rural areas become more electrified. This technology will make it easier for public and private sector investment to bring power to regional capitals, island communities and other remote locations.

An easy-to-use platform

The platform is simple to use and requires no prior knowledge of GIS. Data includes comprehensive visualizations to help off-grid partners understand population structure, such as population density, household energy needs, potential institutional demand, availability of cash crop sales, and critical infrastructure such as as trunk lines, roads, airbases, medical centers and educational institutions.

The data can be analyzed to determine priority areas for development based on various parameters.

It also provides user tutorials for exploring, manipulating, exporting and importing data. The platform has a flexible system for modern browsers, screens, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Users can browse data at an official level or zoom in on a particular neighborhood or community at a 4 km2 level with the simplified and intuitive design. It also offers geographic data and a search option to quickly locate wards, LLGs, census units, cities, and towns.

Finally, it allows users to identify particular locations and extract data for further study using various analytical tools, dashboards and systems and for offline use by users in areas where Internet access is limited.

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