Infant Mortality: Magnitude, Disparities and...
Ramon Martinez, Information System and Health Data Analyst, created and submitted this data visualization. The infant mortality rate (IMR) is measured as follows: the number of babies who die before reaching their first birthday divided by number of live births in a specific place and year. The highest infant mortality rates in the world are in Africa and Southeast Asia. Click to explore the...
How People Use Mobile Phones in Emerging Markets...
Social media apps are the most commonly used mobile apps in emerging countries in Asia, according to a survey conducted by Jana, a Boston-based mobile technology company. For example, 87% of respondents in Indonesia have social media apps on their mobile phones. The second most common mobile apps are games. Jana surveyed over 3000 people in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines...
Calculating the World's Population
How do demographers actually know how many people live on Earth? Can they accurately calculate the number of people that have ever lived? You asked our data help desk these questions, and our open data whiz drew the answers in this video. Do you have more questions about how data is calculated? Ask them via our data help desk or on Twitter with hashtag #dataquestion
Where the Poorest Girls Do Not Finish Primary...
Did you know that 98% of the poorest young women in Niger, a landlocked country in Western Africa, have not completed primary school? (Note: 2006 data) Niger is not alone. “In at least 10 countries in the World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE), 9 out of 10 of the poorest women aged 15 to 24-years haven’t completed primary school, compared with 8 out of 10 young men.“ Click through...
Visualizing Global Internet Use
From the Oxford Internet Institute: This visualisation illustrates the raw number of Internet users in each country as well as the percentage of the population with Internet access. Data This map uses 2008 internet penetration statistics from the World Bank. The data are visualised with a cartogram in which the size of each country is drawn based on its proportion of global Internet...
Latin America Has More Mobile Phones Than People
Latin America has surpassed 100% mobile phone penetration. On average, there are 107 mobile phones per 100 people across the region. However, this doesn’t mean everyone in Latin America has a phone or that there’s connectivity everywhere. According to data from Informa, many people in urban areas have more than one phone, but there are still some 178 Million people - 30% of the region’s...
Does Educating Girls Reduce Fertility Rates?
What is the relationship between fertility rates (the average number of births per woman) and female education? This visualization of our World Development Indicators shows that the higher the level of female education, the lower the fertility rate. For example, in 1991, 57% of girls completed primary school in Ghana and the fertility rate was 5.5. Twenty years later, in 2011, 91% of girls...
How Many Adults use Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan...
In Sub-Saharan Africa, where traditional banking has been hampered by transportation and other infrastructure problems, mobile banking has expanded to 16% of the market, according to the Global Findex, a global financial inclusion database that measures the use of financial services and identifies the unbanked, who experience the greatest barriers to access. Check out the chart below to see what...
How Much Do People in Different Countries Spend on...
Generally, as countries develop, people spend proportionally less of their household budget on food, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data. The Economist visualized this dataset to show how much people in selected countries spend on food per week. Source: The Economist
How the World Uses Freshwater
Today is World Water Day. Did you know 70% of freshwater is used for irrigation, 22% for industry and 8% for domestic use? Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and UN-Water. Source: UN-Water.org
Visualizing the Relationship Between Internet...
As a country’s GDP per capita increases, how do internet penetration rates change? Ramiro Gómez, a Berlin based freelance software developer created a data visualization to show the percentage of Internet users in relation to the GDP per capita for countries from 1990 to 2011. Get the data from the World Development Indicators. Source: Visual.ly
Temperature Change by 2100
In 2012, we warned that the world temperature is on track to increase 4°C by 2100 without concerted, global action to fight climate change How hot might your country get by 2100? Find out in the map below, or click here for the full interactive feature: http://bit.ly/ZwXhKY This map is based on the assumption that the world population may peak mid-century and decline thereafter. It also assumes...
1 in 5 Parliamentarians Worldwide are Women
How many women and men are in parliaments worldwide? In many countries, increased women participation still depends on quotas, according to Inter-Parliamentary Union, an international organization of parliaments. Check out the chart below to see how many women are Member of Parliaments (MPs) worldwide compared to men. Get the data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Source: Inter-Parliamentary...
Visualizing the Variation in Obesity Worldwide
Here’s a fine example of telling a different story by visualizing the same data from yesterday’s post in a new way. Kudos to The Guardian for making the data behind their original work easily accessible. From 2002 and 2010, obesity levels have increased substantially around the world: Which countries have the greatest difference in obesity rates between men and women? ...
Mapping Obesity Worldwide
Who is more obese in your country: men or women? Find out in this global map by The Guardian, which plots the World Health organization’s (WHO) gender-disaggregated obesity data by country. Click through the full interactive feature to discover the obesity levels of men and women in any given country from 2002-2010. Source: The Guardian
Mapping Tweets in Africa
Which African city tweets the most? Researchers at the Floating Sheep recently mapped geocoded tweets from eleven major African cities. They used tweets published in Accra, Cairo, Dar es Salaam, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos, Tunis, Nairobi, Kigali, Mogadishu, and Addis Ababa throughout November 2012. The maps below display geocoded tweets in Nairobi and Cairo. Click here to see tweet maps of...
What would happen if the world only had 100...
Today, there are 7 billion people on the planet. But what if the world were 100 people? How would they be distributed according to gender, age, geography or religion? How many do you think would be literate? If you guessed 83 out of 100 people, you would be right. Check out this infographic by Knowledge Visualization System to learn more. Source: 100people.org
How Open is Your Country's Budget?
How open is your country’s budget? Has its openness ranking improved over the past few years? The International Budget Partnership has released the 2012 Open Budget Index along with an interactive data browser to see how a country’s scores and ranking have changed over time. Download data from the Open Budget Survey. Interested in learning more about budget transparency?...
How much money do migrants send home?
Remittances – money sent home by migrants to family and friends – soared to record levels last year. Officially recorded remittances reached $500bn in one year, but we estimate that the true figure, including unrecorded and informal channels, may be even higher. The Guardian has put together an interactive map using World Bank Migration and Remittance data to show how much money is sent from one...
The fastest growing and shrinking economies in...
Did you know Mongolia is predicted to be among the fastest growing economies of 2013? The Economist has put together a list of the fastest growing and shrinking economies in 2013, based on the latest growth estimates by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Where does your country stand? Find out in the graph below. Source: The Economist
Outdoor Air Pollution Mapped by City
Which cities have the worst air pollution? Which have the cleanest air? Find out in this interactive map by The Guardian, which plots the latest World Health Organization data on outdoor air pollution worldwide. Click on the dots to find out how polluted the air is in any given city. How does your city’s air quality compare to others?
Geography game: How well do you know the world?
From The Guardian: “Think you’re good at geography? Know your rich countries from your poor ones? Ready to do battle with our sometimes cryptic pictures? And most of all, can you stay cool as the clock ticks down? Then play the Global development game: identify the world’s countries and territories, rank them according to GDP per capita then fingers at the ready for the picture...
The world's fastest and slowest growing...
According to The Economist: “The world’s largest 300 metropolitan economies account for 19% of the global population and almost half the world’s GDP.” Data from the Brookings Institute.
Where does the United Nations Development...
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched open.undp.org - an open data browser for information on their 6,000+ projects spanning 177 countries. It includes data on project budgets, expenditures, sources of funding and details of activities. All the data are available in an API, via bulk download and on the IATI registry.
What happens when 620,000 lenders fund 615,000...
What happens when 620,000 lenders fund 615,000 microfinance borrowers around the world? Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance. Watch this great Kiva video to see it in action.
Which developing countries received the most...
According to a new World Bank report, officially recorded remittance flows to developing countries are estimated to reach $406 billion in 2012, a growth of 6.5% over the previous year. The top recipients of migrant remittances in 2012 are India ($70 billion), China ($66 billion), the Philippines ($24 billion), Mexico ($24 billion), and Nigeria ($21 billion). These flows are expected to rise 8%...
The Global Brain Trade
Which countries have the most foreign scientists, and which ones suffer from the worst brain drain? To answer these questions, researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Massachusetts conducted a Web-based survey of over 17 000 published scientists in 16 countries. — via the IEEE Spectrum
Ageing in the 21st Century
Within next 10 years, there will be 1 billion older people worldwide. By 2050 nearly one in five people in developing countries will be over 60. Check out this infographic by HelpAge International, an agency that helps older people lead dignified and healthy lives to see how the world demographic will change in the coming years. Delve into the latest data on ageing via the HelpAge International...
Global Flow of Students for Higher Education
Did you know the United Kingdom is one of the top destinations in the world for students to pursue higher education? Check out this interactive map by UNESCO Institute for Statistics to find out about student mobility on a global level.
Transparency vs Ease of Doing Business
The folks at The Economist have taken data from the 2013 Doing Business Report to both highlight the most improved countries, and to combine it with the data behind Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index Ranking.
Which goods do countries export?
This interactive shows what Uganda exported in 2009. Find out about trade flow of other countries in The Observatory of Economic Complexity. It includes a series of interactive data visualizations of trade and export data from sources including UN Comtrade. The source code for the visualizations is available on github and you can get the data via their API.
The Wealth & Health of Nations
mapsrfun: This video shows the percentage of each country that is covered by forest. The higher and greener the country, the more it’s covered by forest. Data from data.worldbank.org
Moving from farms to cities does not always bring...
Moving from farms to cities does not always bring economic growth, shows the latest World Development Report 2013. Also featured by The Economist. Data Source: World Development Indicators - GDP Per Capita, Urban Population.
Global Child Mortality Rates
What are the leading causes of child deaths in different countries around the world? Which countries have reduced child mortality the most over the past 40 years? This interactive UNICEF dashboard allows users to explore data about under-five child mortality. Select countries and view statistics related to learn more about the declining rates of child mortality worldwide.
Global Human Migration
Visualising global human migration on peoplemov.in with data from the World Bank Migration and Remittances Database.
Arctic sea-ice coverage shrinks to its lowest...
“ICE coverage in the Arctic has melted to a record low this summer. Data released by the National Snow and Ice Data Centre show that sea ice has shrunk to the smallest area recorded since satellite observation began in 1979” via The Economist
Global Undersea Communications Infrastructure
Greg’s Cable Map is an attempt to consolidate all the available information about the world’s undersea communications infrastructure and provide a map along with raw data. See “The Economic Impacts of Broadband” for more information on how the internet and broadband internet access has an impact on a country’s GDP.
Global water demand
Global water demand: Baseline scenario, 2000 and 2050 This graph by the OECD shows water needs for irrigation, energy, factories, etc between 2000 & 2050. From OECD: ”With water demand projected to increase by 55% by 2050, there will be increased competition for it. By that time, 3.9 billion people – more than 40% of the world’s population - are likely to be living in river basins...
Global Remittance Flows
This visualization shows the global movements of money due to remittances (money sent by migrants to their home country). Data from the World Bank can be downloaded here.
Average world life expectancy in 2009 was 69...
In this interactive graph, each line represents a country’s life expectancy over time. Which country’s life expectancy dips the most in the 1990’s? Click on this image to find out. “World Life Expectancy” using World Bank Data produced by Nathan Yau, retrieved from Flowing Data on 17/8/2012.
Where does development assistance for health come...
Development assistance for health by channel of assistance (Global), 1990-2011, interactive treemap retrieved from IHME on 17/8/2012.
Population Projection Pyramid
Powered by Tableau Interactive visualization produced by Neil Fantom, retrieved from thefantom.net on 17/8/2012
Seeing Between the Lines: Visualizing Global...
Over 20 years ago Martin Ravallion and Shaohua Chen with various collaborators along the way developed the now widely used methods, tools and indicators to monitor the population “living on less than $ a day”. Earlier this year they released the latest update of the World Bank’s global poverty monitoring data along with a re-vamped version of PovcalNet: an interactive on-line computational...
"Africa is experiencing some of the biggest falls...
Source: “Good News From Africa” in The Economist. Retrieved 15/8/12