The animated graphics prepared by Gapminder provide a nice explanation of the Human Development Trends, and make some of the frequently used development statistics more accessible.
Using these same tools Gapminder's founder, Hans Rosling, proves in a brilliant presentation at TED that development statistics can even be entertaining.
No, not an ad for London's underground, but a healthy reminder from Hans Rosling, co-founder of Gapminder of how the lack of common data standards and compelling visual display is hampering development work and perpetuating stereotypes.
The Gates Foundation has given a $24 million grant to support mobile banking and other programs that use technology to expand access to financial services. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) is the recipient of the 4-year grant announced today. Statistics on mobile phone use from the press release:
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For reasons unknown, the Material Girl's 'Material World' has been swirling round my head. I believe this is called an 'earworm' and sadly, there is no known cure: I just have to wait for the next song to take its place.
While the song is anchored in 1980s excess (impress/depress yourself... in which year did the song come out?), it may be due for recycling. A Millennium version of 'Material World' might carry the opposite connotation - less is more.
The January issue of Development Outreach, the World Bank Institute's publication, is out. Collaborators in this issue look at Science and Technology and how it can support Development.
Editorial: Building Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity: Turning ideas into actions, by Alfred Watkins, Egbe Osifo-Dawodu, Michael Ehst, and Boubou Cisse