On marginal revolution I came across a new Stata package by Damian Clarke. It makes it very simple to show both maps and time series graphs of World Bank data. Even better, because it uses wbopendata it can work with any of the World Bank’s open databases. This gives you access to thousands of variables.
After installing (type “ssc install worldstat”), I graphed net ODA as a percent of GNI to Africa (type “worldstat Africa, stat(DT.ODA.ODAT.GN.ZS)”). The cleaned up version of the graph is presented here. Damian deserves a lot of praise. He’s made it very easy to make beautiful, useful representations of data. I can see myself using this frequently for slides.