Arendal, 18 October 1998 - An expert team of 35 individuals representing international agricultural research centres and other international organisations such as the World Bank and the Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO, met in Arendal under the auspices of GRID-Arendal 14 -16 October.
The aim of this workshop was to discuss the possibilities of mapping poverty and subsequently of producing a set of poverty maps on a global scale. Such maps would be a very useful tool in improving the allocation of development aid and in monitoring the impacts of aid projects.
The expert group agreed to continue co-operation through the establishment of a poverty-mapping network. The initital network activity will be to provide existing studies over the Internet, facilitate contacts to experts and make data available from the players involved. These activities are planned to be finalised with the publication of an 'Atlas of poverty' by the year 2000. It is anticipated that the Atlas will address a wide audience.
For more information, see Poverty mapping website
From a panel discussion at the Poverty mapping workshop