Bangladesh Interactive Poverty Maps

November 10, 2016

The Bangladesh Interactive Poverty Maps allow you to explore and visualize socioeconomic data at the zila (district) and upazila (sub-district) level. The tool provides users an easy way to access different types of indicators including poverty, demographics of the population, children’s health and nutrition, education, employment, and access to energy, water, and sanitation services. These maps were constructed by combining three different data sources all of which are publicly available. These include the 2010 Bangladesh Poverty Maps, the IPUMS sample from the 2011 Bangladesh Census of Population and Housing, and the 2012 Undernutrition Maps of Bangladesh.

The interactive nature of the poverty maps allows users to zoom in and out and move across the geographic subdivisions in the country to access statistics. Besides showcasing zila and upazila level statistics, the maps report national level averages for each of the indicators. This allows users to compare the zila and upazila-levels indicators against the national means or proportions to identify how each of the area compares to the national average. In addition, ranking information is presented for each of the indicators based on the relative performance of the area, which allows to easily list zilas and upazilas based on their performance. All of the data underlying the interactive maps can also be downloaded to an excel file as a single batch.