Cover page Mapping Made Easy: A guide to understanding and responding to HIV vulnerability ISBN/DATE



Compiled and edited by Vincent Fung

A joint publication of UNDP-SEAHIV, UNESCO, WB, WFP, FHI, USAID, IOM and WVI



Roads are linking communities, shipping poits are bustling with business and tourism is reaching remote areas. Goods and people have always been moving, but are now doing so on unprecedented scales. Numerous forms of networks emerge, evolve, connect or merge. These dynamics of population movement have a demonstrated impact on the course of the HIV epidemics.1
To explore, to understand and to take action on such interrelations and complexities require the capacity to locate objects and events in space as well as to capture movement through space. Mapping can render invaluable assistance in these efforts. It can be cheap, useful and fun! Mapping is a 'Do it yourself ait. which can be useful in different shapes and forms and is within the means of most organizations and individuals. Besides the technologically advanced field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), there is plenty of space to produce maps, using less complex methods, to meet our needs of the moment. This ranges from maps drawn ephemerally in the sand to tailoring existing sophisticated and commercially available maps. Once we understand that mapping can be easily accessible and feasible, even with limited resources, it can then become a powerful tool to assist in achieving our objectives.
UNDP South East Asia HIV and Development Programme (UNDP-SEAHIV), with its focus on the interrelationships between development and HIV/AIDS, has been promoting mapping for research, policy and programmes since the beginning of its activities. Its experience may be of interest to others. In teaming up with seven other organizations UNDP-SEAHIV has been able to produce a far more enriched and diversified Guide than it could have done on its own.2 Our partners have been crucial at all stages of the process of developing this Guide: from contributing their experiences to testing the Guide within their own organizations.

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October 2004