The project mission of this website states “The Global Poverty Mapping Project seeks to enhance current understanding of the global distribution of poverty and the geographic and biophysical conditions of where the poor live”. It is managed by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University.
It is divided into four main information sections: Datasets – Maps – Analysis and Methods. The information rich sections are:
Datasets – here one can download data sets at both a global and national level.
Maps – in this section the user can select between three main options – 1) a map gallery on various aspects of poverty; 2) the Socioeconomic Data and Application Center (SEDAC) Map Client, which is a database that contains maps on the following subject areas: Climate, Conservation, Governance, Hazards, health, Poverty, Population and Sustianability which the end user can then link toa specific geographic area; and 3) The Atlas of Poverty (which perhaps warrants a whole posting to itself!) This atlas is a product of the CIESIN Global Poverty Mapping Project, begun in 2004. The atlas of 21 full-page poverty maps reveals possible causal patterns and provides practical examples of how the data and tools have been used, and may be used, in applied decisions and poverty interventions. The atlas can be downloaded as a whole document in PDF or as separate chapters. See more at: Global Distribution of Poverty