We just launched horn.wfp.org, a map visualizing the massive impact of the humanitarian crisis and highlighting critical operation locations in the Horn of Africa. The famine declaration, which went into effect in certain areas in late July, indicates that thousands of people are starving and dying every day. Many international organizations, including our partner on this site the World Food Programme, the food aid arm of the United Nations, expect the famine to impact millions of people.
Fifty years ago 51 Americans arrived in Ghana to “promote world peace and friendship.” Since then, more than 200,000 volunteers—ages 18 to 86, some now diplomats and politicians—have served in 139 nations.
But the Peace Corps is no fame game or numbers story; it’s a sign of the times. Historian Stanley Meisler says participation dipped as the Nixon Vietnam era “took the shine off doing something for the U.S.” As memories faded, the luster of service returned. Now, on the group’s golden anniversary, Oval Office support and recession woes are lifting enlistment.
The Christian Aid ‘History of Poverty’ [povertyover.com] is a quite sophisticated and 3D-esque world map that reveals the development of countries over the last few hundred years in terms of poverty. An annotated timeline provides some interaction possibilities with the data.
Where possible, the poverty scale is representative of the United Nations Development Programmes’ human development index (HDI). This HDI is a weighted index of GDP per capita, life expectancy (as indicator of health), literacy rates and school enrolment rates (indicators of education). Where UN data was not available, they have drawn from other sources including United Nations, World Bank development indicators, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics, and Task Force on Higher Education and Society.
Sitting comfortable in our first-world lives, it’s easy to assume that we’ve got the best of everything. And it’s easy to assume that problems of infant mortality, hunger and education are simply a matter of having a roaring GDP. But that’s not true at all, as these remarkable interactive graphs show.
Produced by The Guardian and the Gates Foundation, the charts are draw from the Millennium Development Report Card. Basically, it shows how well countries are performing on key development metrics, relative to their GDP.
another amazing infographic from Vis4:
showing the sum of 110,742 donations since 1960. Donors are white, recipients are red