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Making Data Accessible to Peacebuilders

Global Outlook
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Real Time Events

Social Media - Regional Violence and Instability

State Fragility Heatmap

Conflict Timeline

Real-Time Events Map


Visualization Details:  This is an analysis of news reports about violent events and protests as captured by GDELT’s Event Database and real-time data collected and published by ACLED on a weekly basis. It can be used to explore the frequency and concentration of recent violent events and protests. Clicking on a particular location will display data associated with violence and protests in that area. Use the time bar slider in the lower left corner to go back in time. 

Global Database of Events, Language and Tone (GDELT): The GDELT Project is one of the largest worldwide open databases available and contains over a quarter-billion records organized into a set of tab-delimited files by date. It incorporates local media reports as well as international sources worldwide about events, and can be used to explore the frequency and concentration of violent events and protests over the past week as reported in the news media. Clicking on a particular location will display the articles associated with violence and protests in that area, along with a link to execute a Google query on the location. This visualization displays the past 7 days of data.

Armed Conflict Location and Events Database (ACLED): ACLED (Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project) captures political violence data for developing states, specifically in Africa. This data and analysis project produces information on the specific dates and locations of political violence, the type of event, the groups involved, fatalities, and changes in territorial control. Information is recorded on the battles, killings, riots, and recruitment activities of rebels, governments, militias, armed groups, protesters and civilians. This visualization diaplys ACLED data for the past 7 weeks.

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Fragility Map


Visualization Details: 

This visualization displays a range of indicators of state fragility for 167 countries worldwide between 2000-2015. Use it to explore and compare indicators of country risk, state legitimacy, corruption, economic risk, political violence, internet penetration, and physical security of women between countries and over time. All indicators are on a scale of 1-100, with red representing the highest level of fragility for each indicator. 

Click icons in the header bar for additional charts and options:

  • Choose Visualization: The left icon allows users to select the dataset they wish to visualize.
  • Download Image: The middle icon on the left allows users to download a .png file image of the visualization.
  • Download Data: The right icon on the left allows users to download the associated data as a .csv file.
  • Timeline: The timeline at the bottom of the visualization enables users to select the time frame to visualize. Data is updated through 2015 Q4. 

Increase the size of the map by hovering on the horizontal line below the map until it turns into an arrow, then click and drag to the desired size. Click on the timeline to refresh the map.


State Fragility Index: Provides annual state fragility, effectiveness, and legitimacy indices and the eight component indicators for the world's 167 countries with populations greater than 500,000 from 1995-2014. According to this dataset, the higher the score, the more fragile the country.

Control of Corruption, Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI): Captures perceptions of the extent to which public power is exercised for private gain, including both petty and grand forms of corruption, as well as "capture" of the state by elites and private interests. It includes data from 1996-2014.

Physical Security of Women, Represented by a combination of indicators of health and violence against women, including Rape and Sexual Assault, Familial Sexual Assault (Marital Rape/Incest), Suicide Rates of Women of Childbearing Age, Murder/Attack Rates; Women of Childbearing Age, Sex Trafficking of Females and Related Practices, Labor/Domestic Servant Trafficking/Migration, and Unspecified Violence Against Women.

Internet Penetration, International Telecommunications Union (ITU): Indicates the percentage of individuals using the internet, including fixed- and mobile-broadband subscription data.


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Armed Conflict Timeline

Visualization Details:  This timeline of armed conflict in countries worldwide from 1946-2014 can be used to explore and compare the period of time in which different countries experienced an armed conflict. 

UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset (Uppsala University, v.4-2015, 1946 – 2014): Information on armed conflict where at least one party is the government of a state in the time period 1946-2014. 

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Violence and Instability in Social Media

Visualization Details:  Topic wheel and word cloud displaying the top themes of conversation from monitors developed in the Crimson Hexagon ForSight™ platform. Use these to explore conversations worldwide and in different regions across different time horizons: past 24 hours, past week, past month, and past year. 
Datasets: Crimson Hexagon: The social media visualizations in the OSRx are drawn from monitors developed by PeaceTech Lab staff in the platform, and include Twitter and Facebook conversations related to violence and instability worldwide in English, French, Arabic, and Spanish.

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