Mapping for Results: Greater Voice and Choice For Citizens
This posted on behalf of Soren Gigler at the World Bank:
"In today's globalized economy, the economic and social inequalities within countries have increased dramatically, despite great strides amongst the middle class in many countries. There is increasing evidence for a clear and direct correlation between poverty and geography, particularly at the sub-national level, in many countries. Seeing the relationship between aid flows, public expenditures and poverty or other development indicators like infant mortality or life expectancy can be a very powerful way to assess aid effectiveness, development impact over time, and the role of governments, bilaterals, and multilaterals in a given region. Creating simple maps and mash-ups with basic information on budgets, projects plans, and development ouputs, can empower citizens and give them greater voice in influencing the projects that impact the quality of there lives in country."