Mapping and Modelling

Many PMs involve local people analysing their situation using pictures, diagrams and symbols rather than just words. Mapping and modelling are common tools and take many forms including social, resource, mobility, environmental and vulnerability maps. Maps and models can be large or small, simple or intricate, two or three dimensional, and can be created using paper and pens, sand, earth, sticks, stones, leaves and a variety of other materials. They can be a very powerful form of expression, especially for non-literate people, and can reveal a great deal about peoples’ lives and how they see the world around them.