Development Initiatives Updates Platform for Poverty Data
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Development Initiatives has launched an updated version of its Development Data Hub, providing data and tools to visualize 55 indicators associated with finance and resource flows.

The hub allows users to explore data at a global level or on a country-by-country basis by transforming information into maps, graphs and charts.

Development Initiatives is an independent organization using data to help eradicate poverty.

29 October 2018: Development Initiatives (DI), an independent organization using data to help eradicate poverty, has launched the latest version of its Development Data Hub. The tool focuses on financial and resource flow data, utilizing the most recent available data on official development assistance (ODA), while also including poverty, social and vulnerability indicators.

The Development Data Hub, Edition 2.2, organizes data under nine thematic categories, using 55 indicators covering: international official finance; international finance; vulnerability; government finance; poverty; humanitarian finance; data revolution; forward-looking ODA; and funding to pneumonia.

The platform provides a list of the top ten and bottom ten countries for each indicator.

Each of the 55 indicators can be explored at either a global level or on a country-by-country basis. When comparing indicators globally, data is visualized on a choropleth map, and a slider bar allows users to navigate within a timeseries of available information. For some indicators, data is available from the 1980s onward. In addition to highlighting differences between countries, the platform also provides a list of the top ten and bottom ten countries for each indicator.

Per the timeseries datum for the percentage of the population living in extreme poverty, in 1984, eight countries had 80% of their population living in extreme poverty – less than $1.90 a day. According to the most recent data (2013), no country has more than 80% of its population living in extreme poverty.

Per humanitarian assistance data, top recipients are countries experiencing conflict. Since 2012, Syria has received the most humanitarian assistance, defined as financial resources for humanitarian action, with the highest figure in 2006 (US$2.6 billion).

When displaying data on a country-by-country basis, the Development Data Hub develops a country profile by visualizing all associated indicators for which data exist for that country. The profile is further organized as an overview, population statistics and international resources. All the data are available to download in a CSV or as a ZIP file.

By bringing together multiple datasets around a common theme, the Development Data Hub provides a comprehensive platform for visualizing and exploring financial and resource flow data. [Development Initiatives press release]

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