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International Development

Atlases and Maps

In addition to the following geospatial resources that focus on development issues see the HSU Library World Maps and World GIS Data at the GIS and Digital Spatial Data research guide for other print and digital geospatial resources available in the HSU Library or on the internet.

Source: Globalis
  • Atlas of World Development (Unwin) 1994 (Atlas G 1046 E1 U5 1994) Organized into six chapters that provide text and maps on the historical context, environment, social, economic political, and ideological structure of development.

  • A Developing World (Canadian International Development Agency) 2004 (print copy available in map G 3200 1988 .C3) Highlights challenges facing developing countries and the progress made toward achieving five of the Millenium Development Goals. It uses the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Index (HDI) to show which countries have achieved high levels of development and which countries are still working toward improving the lives of their people. The online map is inactive and one may select a theme, region or country.

  • GlobalHealthFacts.org (Kaiser Family Foundation) For each topic will generate a choropeth world map showing the relative distribution of the health indicator.

  • Globalis (Norwegian UN Association, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, and UNU/Global Virtual University) Interactive world atlas that generates choropleth and other thematic maps on environmental and development subjects with a purpose of creating an understanding for similarities and differences in human societies, as well as how they influence life on the planet.

  • Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Atlas (World Bank) Contains maps on a world base.

  • Millennium Development Goals Maps (United Nations Population Fund and Mapping Worlds ) Geographical representations of selected indicators of the Millennium Development Goals.

  • MiniAtlas of Global Development (World Bank) 2003 (print copy available in Atlas G 1046 E1 W6 2004) Provides small-scale world maps, tables, and graphs that highlight key social, economic, and environmental data for 208 countries and territories

  • Poverty Mapping (FAO, UNEP and the CGIAR) Collection of world and regional poverty maps grouped into the following themes-- demographic indicators; economy and markets; education; energy; food security; health; poverty indicators; urban areas; and water and sanitation. These poverty maps are spatial representations of poverty assessments. The assessment information comes from a variety of sources, e.g., indicators of income poverty (such as GDP per capita or daily subsistence levels), or of well-being (such as life expectancy, child mortality, or literacy) Various indicators may be combined to give an index of poverty or human development (such as the Human Development Index, a composite of life expectancy, literacy and income).

  • Sanitation Coverage, 2000 (UNICEF) Map shows by country the percentage of population that has access to "improved" sanitation facilities.

  • State of Women in the World Atlas (Seager) 1997 (Ref HQ 1154 S34 1997) Uses a global basemap to show the status of women around the world in relation to work, health, education and personal freedom.

  • Third World Atlas (Thomas) 1994 (Atlas G 1046 G1 C7 1994) Text, graphs and text show in three chapters the definition of the third world and development; the making of the third world; and issues and challenges in contemporary development.

  • Water: the Challenges (UNESCO World Water Development Programme) 2006. Contains maps and charts that highlight world water issues.

  • UC Atlas of Global Inequality (University of California, Santa Cruz. Center for Global, International and Regional Studies) Contains data and graphics for individual countries and maps on a global scale that focus on globalization inequality from 1960 to 2000. Data and maps cover demographic, economic and health issues related to global inequality.

  • World Bank Atlas (World Bank) Annual (Atlas G 1046.G1 W6) Shows the fundamental development topics of people, environment, economy and states, markets, and global links. The altas is a summary of the World Development Indicators in graphic form. Selected maps from the atlas are available online.

  • World Population Density (Geography Network) Maps population density worldwide. Compiled by ESRI using United Nations data. View online or download into ArcExplorer or other gis application. (Map is listed under "Featured Resources".)