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New Data Visualization of Poverty and Corruption in Colombia

BY Julia Wetherell | Friday, December 14 2012

A new data map compares poverty rates and World Bank aid with the Colombia Transparency Index in regions across the Latin American nation. Transparency International writes that the visual correlation between these factors brings issues of corruption to the fore.

In looking across the three maps, the traffic-light coloured scale shows that higher rates of poverty and lower levels of transparency (and higher corruption risks) often follow together. This trend supports what Transparency International has been arguing – poverty and corruption are highly correlated and the poor pay more when it comes to the problem.

The map also presents a new understanding of development inconsistencies and unmet needs, such as a lack of law-reform initiatives in high-corruption areas. It could prove to be an important tool for NGOs determining where to allocate resources in the country.

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