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Date: September 28, 2006

Where the Poor Are: An Atlas of Poverty has been published by CIESIN, in collaboration with the World Bank. It features 21 full-page poverty maps, depicting vital development indicators at unprecedented levels of spatial detail, gathered from countries and cities around the world. Geographic patterns are revealed, with practical examples of how the data and tools have been used in decision making and poverty interventions.

As poverty maps have achieved greater spatial detail¿thanks to the integration of recent advances in econometric techniques, innovations in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, and ever-improving access to Census and survey data¿it is now possible to develop, interpret, and apply such maps to better understand poverty and improve our capacity to address it.

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