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Clare Herbert
Development Consultant (Kildare, Ireland)

I am a development consultant and educator, blogger and writer. My background is in communications, non-profit management and political work. My interest in international development bred from a period spent working in Zambia in 2007. Please take a look at my website, for more biographical information, or feel free to contact me for more information.


Maps Matter

Published 04th April 2010 - 6 comments - 1871 views -

Following on from Andy Lee's post on maps and development, I thought I'd post a clip from one of my favourite shows, The West Wing. It explains why maps matter to development, and is very funny too. I recently switched all my Maps to the Peter's Projection and really recommend it. Happy Easter to all.

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  • Andy Yee on 04th April 2010:

    Very interesting clip. On an unrelated note, some people in Taiwan proposed redrawing the map of East Asia (, so Taiwan is in the centre, rather than appearing on the margin of mainland China.

  • Hanna Clarys on 05th April 2010:

    Wow, I never thought about that! But if it is true, than everything is wrong… It’s scary. Thanks for posting this!

  • Clare Herbert on 05th April 2010:

    Glad you guys enjoyed it.

  • Hussam Hussein on 21st April 2010:

    Clare! I love it! Everything makes sense, straight to the point, and interesting! Very interesting the final part, with the bottom-top discussion and the new point of view, putting the north and the sounth in the other way round! Wicked!

  • Clare Herbert on 21st April 2010:

    Glad you enjoyed it Hussam!

  • Giedre Steikunaite on 29th April 2010:

    Clare, when I saw this I remembered your post on Peter’s projection:

    I also have a Peter’s map and it all suddenly makes sense somehow!

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