Community Mapping 101

By Charmaine Caparas

The map you are looking at tells a story of a potential threat to the coral triangle region of the Pacific, one of the most spectacular dive spots in the world. But what’s different about this approach is that it’s the result of a participatory mapping process, in which a vulnerable community helped identify threats to its socio-economic well-being.  

While it has some of the highest diversity of marine life compared to other countries, as a developing country, the Philippines faces challenges which threaten the environment, not least the pristine undersea world that divers from everywhere flock to. Rampant uncontrolled development too often brings trouble in its wake.

A Road Map for Resilience

By Leonard Doyle

Haiti remains one of the Caribbean countries most exposed to damage during each hurricane season as the above infographic reveals. (Click here to see the animated version) A high level of deforestation over the past three decades has left the country at extreme risk of flooding and landslides.

Last week Tropical Storm Chantal dissipated before it could do any harm, providing a timely opportunity to test life-saving preparations for the upcoming Caribbean hurricane season. The effects of last year’s hurricane season are still felt today. Tropical Storm Isaac in August and Hurricane Sandy in October took lives and inflicted extensive damage to homes and crops, which led to food shortages and price increases, as well as to a substantial increase in the number of cholera cases.

Pacific Island Youth Tackle Climate Change

By Joe Lowry in the Marshall Islands

The  Majuro Protocol for the Survival of humankind has been signed! Countries have agreed to work together to meet the challenges of climate change, lower emissions, fund adaptation and meet half their energy needs with renewable energy by 2050. 

This isn’t breaking news on CNN, but it may mark a hopeful note for the future. For the signatories of the (non-binding) protocol were students of high schools, at the first Model United Nations simulation ever held in the Marshall Islands.

Data Becomes Eclectic

By Leonard Doyle

The world of migration is awash with data, but if it is to mean anything to the average reader it must be organized and presented in a useful way. Here we present an animated infographic of the extraordinary movement of Filipino workers abroad and the remittances they send home which are helping their country develop at a great clip. 

IOM's approach to data is to use visual representations that allow the audience to see the unexpected. Our animated infographics are designed to be shared as much as possible, whether on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or simply by email. Please pass it around and be part of the data sharing movement.


Migration and Development Move Centre Stage

By Jill Helke

It is sometimes startling to think that almost a billion of the World’s 7 billion people are either internal or international migrants. In other words, one out of every seven people alive today is a migrant. But migration affects not only those who move but also those who do not, above all communities of origin and destination.     

Migrant remittances – more than $400 billion dollars a year – are four times greater than all the money transferred via global aid every year. Labour markets and social systems have come to depend on the mobility of workers, entrepreneurs, health professionals and researchers.  In short, the movement of people across borders into jobs with higher productivity has been the back story of so much recent economic growth and development. But remittances and economic assets are not the only arguments in favour of migration.