As you already know, GIS mapping capabilities can aid in the most minute of details; a single road’s infrastructure or a specific tree’s biography can all be mapped to a tee. The wonderful thing about GIS, though, is that its scalability is limitless, growing with its users and applications seamlessly.
The World Bank is a cooperative made up of 187 member countries that aims to provide financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Its efforts seek to reduce poverty on a global scale. With such an undertaking, better data (and more importantly, application of said data) is paramount to its success.
Since the 1980’s, the World Bank has used GIS tools and maps to aid in its global initiatives. A map could show the density of human settlements in relation to nearby clinics, hospitals and schools, indicating areas of greatest need, used to assess service road locations and quantity, or even determine the number of people at risk from natural disasters like flooding or earth quakes.
The World Bank Institute’s Innovation Team has geocoded and mapped over 30,000 geographic locations for more than 2,500 bank-financed projects worldwide under its Mapping and Results initiative. Moving forward, all new World Bank projects are georeferenced, ensuring that current data and initiatives can be smoothly applied to future endeavors.
As technology, economies, and data collection continue to increase at exponential rates, GIS mapping is helping to declutter information and assist in well-informed decision making.