Mapping technologies have been incorporated into the development field to provide practitioners with rigorous spatial analysis of complex issues across the globe. In order for practitioners to take full advantage of mapping technologies, it is imperative for them to learn about the potential uses of such technologies. Many international organizations and academic departments have compiled a large amount of resources for individuals with interest in mapping for development. Below you will find a list of projects, handbooks, and links that will provide you with more information about the mapping landscape in international development,
GIS @ Tufts – Tufts University
This site contains a comprehensive list of examples of GIS and research sites for international development and examples of GIS for humanitarian relief.
Good Practices in Participatory Mapping – IFAD
This handbook provides a framework to develop participatory mapping strategies. It also explores major issues that arise through participatory mapping and provides ways in which those issues can be addressed.
How to Use Maps to Raise Awareness – The Guardian
This article provides a quick review of different ways in which mapping technologies can be use to raise awareness about a particular issue or set of issues.
International Human Development Indicators – UNDP
This is a visual representation of the Human Development Report’s data by country. It also includes the Multidimensional Poverty Index, the Gender Inequality Index, and the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Indicator.
Maps and Mapping Resources – California State University
This site contains a list of resources and maps pertaining to historical events, demographics, environmental issues, geological maps, and the weather.
Regional Centre for Mapping Resources for Development
The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) was established in Nairobi – Kenya in 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the then Organization of African Unity (OAU), today African Union (AU). RCMRD is an inter-governmental organization and currently has 19 Contracting Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions; Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somali, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The e-Atlas of Global Development – The World Bank
The atlas provides a comprehensive visual overview of the world’s most pressing social challenges and its people.