Interactive Maps are an incredibly powerful tool. They allow us to view the world in a snapshot, with a comparative focus on a specific variable (or set of variables). They allow us to assess how different countries and regions in the world vary based on said variable(s). The internet allows for instantaneous access to these maps, if you know where to find them. Below is a list of powerful interactive maps I have found over time.
Please be sure to email me if you know of any good maps I missed. Provide a link and I will add the map to this page.
Climate Change Map: This map offers a drop-pin system, where you can track average temperature changes over time, anywhere in the world.
IMF At-A-Glance: All active IMF programs in a world map interface. Click on a drop-pin for a summary and links for more in depth analysis
Educational Choice and Competition Index (2014): “The intent of the ECCI is to create public awareness of the differences among districts in their support of school choice, provide a framework for efforts to improve choice and competition, and recognize leaders among school districts in the design and implementation of choice and competition systems”
“Environmental Protection Agency released an interactive map of greenhouse gas emissions in 2011, drawing on data from 8,000 power plants, refineries and factories.”
Explore U.S. Government Subsidies NYT: An interactive map, you can explore state and local subsidies by state in total and per/capita measures.
“The Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, just unveiled online by the nonprofit World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct project, maps the state of freshwater globally. The interface allows companies, investors, governments or any other interested party to visualize and compare water conditions, from the continental scale to the local one.”
Oxfam International Food Insecurity Map: A world map highlighting food insecurity. Click on specific countries for more info and data
Corruption Perception Index (Transparency International): Maps out transparency ranking by country, as determined by Transparency International, a well respected international NGO.
Political Stability Index: World Map, sighting “conflict, terrorism, the rule of law as well as the regulatory and business environment. It also focuses on emerging risk areas and structural challenges (The Political Risk Structural Index) affecting political stability such as resource security, societal resilience and infrastructure readiness”)
Towards a Life of Dignity For All: Ten Years of UNDP-EU Strategic Partnership: Explore these three thematic maps (Governance, Crisis Prevention / Enabling Recovery, Environment and Energy) to see in which countries UNDP and EU have worked together in that particular thematic area. By clicking on the flags you can see a selection of programmes or results.
World Poverty Clock: Real time poverty estimates for every almost every country in the world until 2030.