The Complexity of Governance

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The Complexity of Governance

Creators:

Jim O'Neill, Michelle Kovacevic, Ashwin Ravikumar, Regga Rantai

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Centre for International Forestry Research, Indonesia

Description:

When infographic designer Jim O’Neill and writer Michelle Kovacevic met with CIFOR scientist Ashwin Ravikumar to talk about visualising the findings of a legal report on decentralisation in Peru, they discovered something interesting. 

Buried inside the findings of the dry legal document they found a much richer story about the very complexity that makes multilevel governance such a daunting topic for non-experts.
The team decided to link a stylized biophysical representation of the landscape with a Sankey-like line diagram of the related governance space. The graphic’s dense first glance rewards further investigation by the user, with the interactive functionality providing a simplifying lens through which to filter the variables. This highlights the intense complexity faced by actors when overlapping geographical land-use definitions combine with a multilevel web of governmental responsibilities, but allows genuine understanding of who-does-what.

By collaborating directly with CIFOR scientists working in situ, the team was able to combine data from a legal study on decentralization in Peru with interviews conducted for CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+. These data were used to visualise the role of various government agencies in land-use planning and governance for a single region of Peru.

In the month since it was published, the infographic has had over 1000 page views and has just been translated into Spanish. In addition to it's primary purpose, the infographic is also proving to be a powerful learning and teaching tool for scientists and policy negotiators wishing to illustrate the complex nature of landscapes and landscapes approaches.

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Visualizing the Past, Present and Future of Carbon Emissions

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Visualizing the Past, Present and Future of Carbon Emissions

Creators:

Bill Dugan, Johannes Friederich, Duncan Clark, Robin Houston, Kelly Levin, Jennifer Morgan, Thomas Damassa

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World Resources Institute, USA

Description:

This interactive visualisation, based on data from WRI’s CAIT and the IPCC, shows how national CO₂ emissions have changed over the last 150 years, how much of the global carbon budget these emissions have used up, and what the future might hold. Featured on the Guardian's homepage, it's gotten ~35,000 views in one day.

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Reformers - Restraining evil debt

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Reformers - Restraining evil debt

Creators:

Peter Goliaš, Eugen Jurzyca, Peter Klátik, Matej Tunega

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Institute for Economic and Social Reforms, Slovakia

Description:

The idea is a reaction to concerns about growing public debt in Slovakia. Mainly due to demographic changes, Slovakia’s public debt is expected to rise without any change in policies and without accounting for the negative effects of an unsustainable debt mounting to 269% of GDP by 2063. The potential public finance crisis may threaten democracy, reverse the integration process, strenghten extremists and deepen poverty.

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Think-Act-Impact Video Animation: Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment in Serbia

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Think-Act-Impact Video Animation: Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment in Serbia

Creators:

Stefan Sipka, Nebojsa Lazarevic

Organisation and country:

European Policy Center in Belgrade (Centar za evrposke politike - CEP), Serbia

Description:

This animation was developed for the project 'Think-Act-Impact: Ensuring Improved Implementation of EU Directives on Environmental Impact Assessment in Serbia', which comprises research as well as practical activities focused on environmental impact assessment (EIA) and particularly the functioning of institutions and public participation.

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Pathways to the future we want

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Pathways to the future we want

Creators:

Tatiana Oliveira, Lais Ramalho, Vitor Hugo Anastacio, Jonathan Fernandes

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Brazilian Center for International Relations – CEBRI, Brazil

Description:

Since 2010, CEBRI and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS, in German) have decided to unite their strengths in order to promote debate on the sustainable development agenda from the specific point of view of international relations. Throughout this long term partnership, we have carried out several projects with annual duration, all of which have analyzed important issues. Since 2013, this partnership has been developed through the project Pathways to Future We Want.

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Survey of Progress in International Economic Governance

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Survey of Progress in International Economic Governance

Creators:

Som Tsoi, Caroline Simpson

Organisation and country:

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canada

Description:

The submitted data visualisation is an interactive webpage created in support of the 2014 CIGI Survey on Global Economic Governance, which tracks annual progress made by the Group of Twenty (G20) and other international economic governance institutions in strengthening international cooperation. The visualisation aims to show overall economic progress in four key areas through a colour coded scale and pie chart visualisation – making heavy qualitative analysis quickly digestible. The rankings/responses of each participating expert are also available, allowing users to review results collectively or on an individual basis.

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Visualisation of the DEREX Index

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Visualisation of the DEREX Index

Creators:

Csaba Molnár, Jonathan Ravasz, Péter Krekó

Organisation and country:

Political Capital, Hungary

Description:

The interactive map was developed to visualise the Demand for Right-Wing Extremism Index (DEREX). German sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf said it takes six months to replace a political system, six years to transform an economic system, and 60 years to change a society. Political Capital’s DEREX index makes it possible to track changes in social phenomena that threaten to radicalise a society.

DEREX measures the size of the group in a given country susceptible to far-right ideologies and political messages (the 'attitude radicals').

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Be informed and choose: Candidates for regional and municipal elections 2014

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Be informed and choose: Candidates for regional and municipal elections 2014

Creators:

Wilson Hernandez B., Julio Avellaneda, Gabriel Chavez Tafur

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CIAD - Centro de Investigación Aplicada al Desarrollo (Centre for Applied Development Research), Peru

Description:

In Peru, the common elections dilemma (who should I choose?) is heightened by two information asymmetries: voters unaware of candidates profiles and candidates unfamiliar with the needs of their locality. This results in candidates' proposals unmatched with their locality's needs, and voters led by candidates’ personal marketing instead of by their ideas.

As a part of CIAD's 2014 election campaign, we addressed these two asymmetries with two complementary data visualisations: 'Get informed and choose' and the 'District Social Needs Index'. 

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Demystifying data: A visualization based on the IPPF/Guttmacher report

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Demystifying data: A visualization based on the IPPF/Guttmacher report

Creators:

Tia Jeewa

Organisation and country:

The International Planned Parenthood Federation, USA

Description:

The ‘Demystifying Data visualization tool’ is intended to help inform advocacy work around adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues, including increasing funding and improving access to information and services. 

It compiles data from national surveys in 30 countries and offers a snapshot of the current challenges that young people face when trying to access Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services. The tool highlights in particular the need for comprehensive sexuality education to empower thousands of young people around the world.

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Statistics Mapping Interactive Atlas

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Statistics Mapping Interactive Atlas

Creators:

Rodolfo Elías

Organisation and country:

Desarrollo, Participación y Ciudadanía, Paraguay

Description:

The visualisation is a mapping tool that fetches statistical data from a local database and maps social indicators onto a district-level or department-level map of Paraguay. Current implementation includes agriculture- and education-related data from institutional investigations and national statistics surveys. The tool allows selection of district or department-level map selection, then choice between 38 education-related indicators and 35 agriculture-related ones. 2015 development plans will include economy, poverty and social participation data.

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Increasing urbanisation and per capita GDDP

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Increasing urbanisation and per capita GDDP

Creators:

Bhawna Welturkar, Shrimoyee

Organisation and country:

Center for Study of Science, Technology & Policy, India

Description:

Urbanisation and GDDP (Gross Domestic District Product) follow similar trends in growth. As the GDDP in the state has been growing, so has urbanisation. This relationship however, also highlights the growing inter-regional disparity in economic growth. Instead of facing growing urbanisation as a disadvantage to sustainable development, it would be wiser to ask the following question: If cities are engines of growth, then the challenge is how can Karnataka leverage from its urbanisation potential and ensure balanced regional development?

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Don't limit HER possibilities!

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Don't limit HER possibilities!

Creators:

Eric Barrett, Nino Macharashvili, Ia Ninoshvili, Mariam Kobuladze, Jason Addie, Irakli Chumburidze

Organisation and country:

JumpStart Georgia

Description:

While girls score equally as well as boys on Georgian exit exams in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects, they receive less support, are consistently less confident, and ultimately make up only 16% university students in IT. At the same time, STEM employers are finding it difficult to recruit enough skilled employees.

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Supporting durable solutions to urban, post-disaster displacement

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Supporting durable solutions to urban, post-disaster displacement

Creators:

Marcia Underwood, Jessica Pavone, Kevin Hawkins

Organisation and country:

The Brookings Institution, United States of America

Description:

The study, Supporting Durable Solutions to Urban, Post-Disaster Displacement: Challenges and Opportunities in Haiti, examines the question of durable solutions to displacement in Haiti four years after the devastating earthquake. This graphic highlights the key findings from the study, which draws on the results of focus groups in camps and communities, site visits, in-depth interviews and a survey of 2,576 households (outside camps) in Port-au-Prince.

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Flooding in the Piura river basin

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Flooding in the Piura river basin

Creators:

Francis Salas, Giannina Solari, Doris Mejia

Organisation and country:

Soluciones Prácticas- Practical Action, Peru

Description:

This visualisation is targeted at practicioners and leaders, authorities and the general public (through the media) . It explains the problem of flooding in Piura but also puts such events into historical context. It's designed to be a quick way to get an overview of a lot of information too support decision-making about floods in the region.

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Pull power: Attractions and detractions in the time zone of the twenty-first century

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Pull power: Attractions and detractions in the time zone of the twenty-first century

Creators:

Madeleine King, Gordon Flake, Elena Douglas, Milly Main, Tom Harper, Caitlin Perry

Organisation and country:

Perth USAsia Centre, Australia

Description:

Knowledge Society developed this infographic for the Perth USAsia Centre with designers TOMD and Setsquare Studio. It charts the desirability of eighteen Indo-Pacific countries located in the four-hour time window we call ‘The Zone’. Sixty per cent of the world’s population and the nations that promise the greatest economic growth in the twenty-first century inhabit this region.

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Challenges of the health care system in Uzbekistan: How to address growing expenditures and demand?

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Challenges of the health care system in Uzbekistan: How to address growing expenditures and demand?

Creators:

Ekaterina Ustinenko, Zafar Berdinazarov, Umidjon Abdullajonov

Organisation and country:

Center for Economic Research (CER), Uzbekistan

Description:

This infographic was developed for joint research of CER and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - "Uzbekistan Towards 2030: A New Social Protection Model for a Changing Economy and Society."

The data show how health care system expenditures and demand in Uzbekistan will change through 2030, especially with the ageing population.

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Indian states' performance in protecting people below poverty line from catastrophic healthcare expenditure

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Indian states' performance in protecting people below poverty line from catastrophic healthcare expenditure

Creator:

Prashanth N S, Tanya Seshadri

Organisation and country:

Institute of Public Health Bangalore, India

Description:

This data visualisation shows the extent of coverage of people below poverty line in one of India's landmark social protection scheme called "Rashtriya Swsthya Bima Yojana" (in English, National Health Insurance Scheme). The visualisation shows how the various Indian states improved the coverage of their poorest population under the scheme.

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Civil Service Staff Numbers, 2009 Q1 to 2014 Q2

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Civil Service Staff Numbers, 2009 Q1 to 2014 Q2

Creators:

Gavin Freeguard, Petr Bouchal, Robyn Munro, Emily Andrews, Julian McCrae

Organisation and country:

Institute for Government, United Kingdom

Description:

This visualisation is part of the Institute for Government's Whitehall Monitor project. Whitehall Monitor aims to chart government - literally - providing a data-driven view of what government in the UK looks like. The visualisation shows the fall in civil service staff numbers since the 2010 Spending Review, and how this fall compares with the government's target for reducing the size of the civil service.

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Legalizing restrictions of the freedom of the press

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Legalizing restrictions of the freedom of the press

Creators:

Risto Aleksovski, Ana Blazeva

Organisation and country:

Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Macedonia

Description:

Advocacy-centered visualisation is part of the wider communication strategy of the Institute of social sciences and humanities – Skopje (ISSHS). This visualisation aims to raise awareness related to the problem of the unrelenting deterioration of the freedom of expression in the Republic of Macedonia.

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