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South Sudan, poorest countries map for development

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  • Sudanese diaspora participate in a “mapathon,” organized by the World Bank and Google, to document locations and infrastructure in South Sudan.

  • Information will help the new government of South Sudan plan development efforts.

  • The Bank’s Mapping for Results platform visualizes project locations and provides information on indicators, sectors, funding and results for 79 of the poorest countries, including Sudan.

May 6, 2011—For many residents of South Sudan’s remote Kajo-Keji county, getting proper medical care can require a two-day walk. Here, one hospital serves an entire region, and basic social infrastructure is largely unmapped. For public officials who want to improve access to care, better intelligence on both the locations of health facilities and underserved populations is desperately needed.

A recent “mapathon” of South Sudan, organized by Google and the World Bank Bank, as part of its new eTransform Knowledge Platform , was a first step in helping gather such information.