WaterAid launches new interactive Africa map

New map shows that access to water and sanitation for everyone, everywhere in Africa by 2030 is achievable


30 May 2014 | UK

This week we have launched a new interactive water and sanitation map of Africa, to coincide with Africa Water Week in Senegal.

The new map shows that 14 African governments are on course or within touching distance of reaching the historic mark of everyone in their countries having access to clean drinking water by 2030.

Read more about Africa Water Week on our Global site here >

The map, showing data from 1990 to 2030, is thought to be the first online interactive data representation project of its kind. It shows that, on average, 28 million people are gaining access to water each year across Africa, but that if this increased by an extra 17 million people, everyone everywhere across the continent would have access to clean water by 2030.

Since the map's release earlier in the week, the web page on our Global site has been viewed more than 2,000 times and re-tweeted more than 300 times, reaching a potential audience of more than 1.5m people and counting. It's also been picked up by The Guardian online and BBC Africa on Facebook.

Reaction so far has also been very positive, both at Africa Water Week and online, with one blogger, Bill Gunyon, tweeting: "Rare development #datavisualization that works - narrative message, clean design and intuitive. Well done @WaterAidUK".

What do you think? Let us know on Facebook here or on Twitter using the #AfricaWaterMap hashtag. Thanks!