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Mapping Care: Innovative tools for georeferencing care supply and demand in Latin America and the Caribbean

UNDP Policy Notes, No. 14

Published date 2022-08-15
Author Daniela de los Santos
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This document provides an overview of the main applications of the Care Georeferencing Tool developed by the Gender Team of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Hub for Latin America and the Caribbean. The objective of this tool is to facilitate the construction of care maps—a key step during the design of comprehensive care policies and systems at the national and local level.

This tool has three main objectives: systematize and generate updated, real-time information about the care supply within a city or area; study the territorial distribution of the population that needs or may need care, such as children, persons with disabilities or older persons; and analyze whether the care supply is sufficient when compared to the care demands of the population in that territory. It combines the more traditional approaches of gender and urban analysis with innovative methodologies based on web scraping and data mining, collaborative mapping and crowd mapping, providing valuable insights in scenarios where data is scarce.