This week: It’s a data visualization Monday!

 
Development Initiative’s data visualization allows you to explore where and how many people have/are/will be living in extreme poverty throughout time, project until 2030 based on a worst case, best case scenarios and a baseline. 
 
 
Where are the poor?
 
Taking a look I was surprised to be reminded that East Asia & Pacific only dropped below Sub-Saharan Africa poverty levels in 2005. And although South Asia is currently home to the majority of those living in extreme poverty, even in the worst case scenario the region will drop lower than Sub-Saharan Africa by 2018. 
 
In the best case, both South Asia and East Asia & the Pacific even pass Latin America and Caribbean which at this point has 23 million living in extreme poverty compared to 361 million and 93 million respectively. Unfortunately the data doesn’t break down to the country-level, but I wouldn’t be afraid of betting on China and India for the comparatively rapid development pace.
 
 
Speaking of the world in numbers, The Map Lab gives some advice from Marty Elmer based on maps that have gone viral and what to learn from them without making the same mistakes that will have you waking up shame-faced. He also uses a lot of words that would have an English teacher waking up with a bad case of regret such as “grok-ability” and “remix-ishness” to describe what qualities to focus on.
 
 
So even though UNOCHA’s infographicis useful for its purpose of reporting on Sudan refugees, don’t expect it to make its way onto your Facebook newsfeed anytime soon. It lacks a certain “grok-ability.”
 
 
However, if you think you have a flair for the visual and a story to tell, Transparency International UK is hosting a competition for infographics focused on corruption. So get your “remix-ishness” on and start designing.


Weekly updates are written by Taryn Davis of Development Gateway; email her your tips for next week's update to get a shout-out in the post.