Visualizations for the Millennium Development Goals

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Duties: UI/UX, Data Visualization, Front-end and Back-end development

Concepts & Methods: Storytelling, Motion Graphics, Human computer-Interaction, Interactive visualization

Tools & Tech: Google chart tools, Javascript, Jquery, CSS, HTML, C#, .NET, MVC, SDMX, XSLT

Content and target group

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world's time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions-income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion-while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. The internationally agreed framework of 8 goals and 18 targets was complemented by 48 technical indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

These are valueble information for citizens from all over the world.

Selected indicators

- Proportion of the population living below $1.25/day
- Proportion of children under five who are underweight
- Total net enrolment ratio in primary education
- Gender parity index in primary educationUnder-5 mortality rate
- Maternal mortality ratio
- HIV incidence rate
- Population using improved drinking water sources
- Net Official Development Assistance as proportion of Gross National Income
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) Emissions without Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

How can we motivate data exploration
in UNdata by citizens?


Summarizing the annual MDG report into a storytelling video with the UNdata

Creating interative visualization tools for novice users with selected indicators: UNdataVIS

What has been achieved and what need to be done to reach the MDGs

This video was produced with animations created with HTML, javascript and visualization toolkits

Interactive Visualizations

What questions can we answer with MDG data in the country level?

How can we connect visualizations to the video?


Default Settings


Initial data: on; Angola, Burkina Faso and Central Africa Republic selected

What are the countries' latest data in ... ?

Fit to page: off; Colors displayed by MDG region: off

Fit to page: on; Colors displayed by MDG region: on

How much progess has been made by countries in ... ?

Indicator with descendant progress

Indicator with ascendant progress

Access to Visualization

Access to other indicators from a visualization

Other ideias

We have included also the question "What countries have reached the target?". However, due to lack of data and political issues, the visualization with the target line have been removed.

Include visualization for other indicators

Thank you

Taissa Abdalla Filgueiras de Sousa

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