• Description

In this report, The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world's richest countries on their policies that affect more than five billion people living in poorer nations. Moving beyond comparing how much foreign aid each country gives, the CDI quantifies a range of rich country policies that affect poor people:

  • Quantity and quality of foreign aid
  • Openness to trade
  • Policies that encourage investment and financial transparency
  • Openness to migration
  • Environmental policies
  • Promoting international security
  • Support for technology creation and transfer
The Index gives credit for generous and highquality aid, incentives for foreign direct investment and financial transparency, open immigration policies, robust support for technological research and development, and contributions to global security and the environment. Scores are reduced for barriers to imports from developing countries, selling arms to poor and undemocratic nations, barriers to sharing technology, and policies that harm shared environmental resources.