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Europe Beyond Aid

How do the policies of European countries – individually and collectively – affect the developing world? How could those policies be improved? CGD in Europe is launching a detailed policy debate about European commitment to development.
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How do the policies of European countries – individually and collectively – affect the developing world? How could those policies be improved? CGD in Europe is launching a detailed policy debate about European commitment to development.

CGD in Europe is working with policy experts to assess Europe’s performance within each of seven policy areas using CGD’s Commitment to Development Index data and framework. These are aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security, and technology. The index takes account of the countries’ size and wealth to see how they are living up to their potential to help.

We've looked at how European countries measure up - both collectively through the European Union and through their individual policies. Overall Europe leads the world in its policies on aid and the environment; but has a much less impressive record on trade, investment and technology. If Europe strives to be a world leader in development, the countries of Europe will have to work harder in the ‘beyond aid’ policies which have a significant impact on developing countries.

Experts in each policy area are digging into the CDI summary figures to understand the trends and identify specific policies and practical steps that would improve Europe’s impact on development and enable the continent to live up to its values.

Read the Europe Beyond Aid Working Paper.

Read more: Aid | Trade | Investment | Migration | Environment | Security | Technology

Explore the CDI below (a video explains how). Read a blog post or listen to an interview about the latest edition. Go inside the Index for the who, what, and why. Read key messages. Get answers to frequently asked questions. Learn about membership in the CDI Consortium.

See Europe Beyond Aid research on Aid.