Attention areas for the Millennium Development Goalsloading data from WorldBank

See which areas of the world require the most attention | 43 MDG Indicators | 200+ countries | 1 view

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger


Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development

See the latest status for each of the 43 Millennium Development Goal Indicators.

Per indicator is shown which areas require the most attention in comparison with the other areas. You can see the distribution of all areas (region or country level) for all 43 indicators in just one view! This will give you a color coded status report unseen before. See anything interesting in this report? Hover over a colored dot and see the name of the area and the corresponding value for the indicator. In fact for that particular area the position and values for all indicators are shown, thereby making it really easy to see how this area is doing on all indicators, also in comparison with the other areas; a status report for a certain area if you will. For further analysis you can use the selection tool to zoom in on areas categorized by region, income or lending type.


One way of raising awareness is to show the world what the present state is of the Millennium Development Goals. This application tells, for one thing, the story of areas that are deprived on multiple indicators. And also shows the world that per indicator there is a vast distribution of areas on the continuum of ‘most attention required’ to ‘least attention required&146;. Not all developing countries have the same problems. This application will contribute to a more clear picture and tell a story upon which the international community, and, where possible, may allocate and speed up their already great efforts.

Performance of the application

On country level, when showing all countries of the world or developing world, the application will significantly slow down when hovering over the data points with the mouse. This is due to the vast amount of data being shown in the visualization. Almost 10.000 data points will be shown when these selections are made.


We have chosen to use a relative scale to show the data. This way we could use one scale for all indicators. The terms ‘most attention required’ and ‘least attention required’ point to the minimum and maximum value per indicator. For example:

For the indicator malnutrition prevalence, weight for age (% of children under 5) on region level the highest value is 41%, the lowest value is 1%. The region with the highest value clearly needs the most attention. The region with 1% needs the least attention. The least attention means that it still needs attention, but it is the area where the problem is the least problematic within the context of the region level.

Hovering over data points with the mouse

When hovering over a dot at a certain indicator it will show you the name of the area and the value for that particular indicator. It will also show you the position of the same area for all other indicators, thereby showing the status of this selected area for all indicators.


The application is a web application, build in HTML, Javascript and CSS. The framework Protovis is used to build the visualization part. This framework uses HTML5 canvas and is compatible with most modern web browsers.

Future features

As time was limited for this competition we still have a short wish list of features which we want to incorporate in a next version. The most important wishes are:


All data used in this application is retrieved from a live connection with the web service of the Worldbank. This means that whenever the Worldbank updates its data, the application will show the new data instantly. You will always see the latest situation. The Worldbank collects a lot of data, but as you will see in the application, data is not always available on every level (region or country), or for every indicator. This is the reason why sometimes there is no data shown for a particular indicator, region or country. We decided to only show data for indicators with at least two values (in other words values for at least two areas). Also we have removed four indicators which were hard to adjust to the current framework.

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

The list of indicators used is based upon a report by the Worldbank.

Selection tool

In order to work with the data easily the selection tool shows you all the possible selections you can make. Furthermore when making a selection you will always know which selection you've made and which other selections you can make.

On region level you can choose between world, developing world or other, by the Worldbank defined, areas. This will show you areas that are aggregates of countries.

On country level more comprehensive analysis can be done. Similar to selecting data on region level, you can choose between World, developing world and other areas. This will show the countries within the chosen aggregate. If a particular region is chosen, for instance Sub Saharan Africa, only the countries within this aggregate will be shown. Further analysis can be done by selecting one or more income levels, for instance, to show the distribution per indicator of all countries with low income levels. Selecting a lending type is the last possible selection. This will show you the distribution of regions or countries with a particular lending type.

Web browser compatibility

The web application is best viewed in Safari, Firefox or Google Chrome. It might work in Internet Explorer 9, but this has not been tested.