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CDI 2018 News Coverage

September 24, 2018

Check out the CDI interactive to explore this year’s results.


Bright Magazine: The Countries Who Give the Most in Aid Aren't Necessarily Helping

From the article:

To get a sense of what the 2018 rankings tell us, BRIGHT Magazine spoke with Anita Käppeli, CGDev’s director of policy outreach for Europe, who composed and led the development of the CDI.


NPR: Why The U.S. Ranks At The Bottom In A Foreign Aid Index 

From the article:

According to an annual index released Tuesday by the Center for Global Development that ranks 27 of the world's wealthiest countries, the U.S. scored dead last on foreign aid contributions and quality — despite being the largest donor in dollar amount. That's because in 2017, it allocated a mere 0.18 percent of its gross national income for development assistance. That is well short of the 0.7 percent that wealthy countries have committed to strive for since 1970. (Only seven countries met or exceeded that target in 2016.) 


The Guardian: Australia's rank on global development index hurt by climate change inaction

From the article:

“Australia’s commitment to global development has improved over the past year, driven by strong trade, education and finance outreach to the developing world, but it has been criticised for its poor action on the environment and climate change.

The Centre for Global Development annually ranks 27 wealthy countries on their commitment to development across the policy areas of aid, finance, technology, environment, trade, security and migration.”


Devex: Which countries are the most committed to development?

From the article:

Scandinavian countries are the most committed national development actors, according to this year’s Commitment to Development Index, which measures not just aid levels, but also how well other policies foster sustainable development. Germany ranked third, making it the first time a G-7 country is placed in the top three in CDI’s 15-year history. The United States, at 23rd, remains stagnant.


SDG Knowledge Hub: Northern European Countries Rank Highest Among Rich Countries that Help Poor

From the article: 

The Center for Global Development (CGD) has ranked 27 of the world’s richest countries on how their policies help people living in poor countries. The Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which is published annually, looks at policies beyond development aid to understand what countries are doing well to support the world’s poor and where countries can still learn from other approaches.


Save the Children: Assessing Aid and Policy Coherence

From the article: 

Another day, another index. On Monday, the Center for Global Development launched the 2018 Commitment to Development Index. Since 2003, this is a regular assessment of the development behaviours and policies of the richest countries. This 2018 index ranks Sweden at the top, with the UK at number 8 (down one place from 2017). All of the top 10 countries are European. Sweden and Denmark are still leading the table, while Finland, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands moved up a few places. The USA remains way below in 23rd place and South Korea is at the bottom. 


SciDev: Rich Asia Pacific nations rank poorly on development policies

From the article:

The richer Asia-Pacific countries and the US do poorly on the 2018 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 27 wealthy countries according to how well their aidtradeenvironment and migration policies support low and middle-income countries in poverty alleviation, good governance and security.

Published annually by the Center for Global Development (CGD), the index is based on the benefits that policies of some members of the OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Development Assistance Committee provide to about five billion people living in poor countries.


Sydney Morning Herald: Australia ranks in bottom three rich countries for environmental policies

From the article:

“Australia's status as one of the largest per capita greenhouse gas emitters in the world has contributed to a bottom three ranking for environmental policy among wealthy nations.

But Australia has jumped four places overall in the Center for Global Development's commitment to development index thanks to effective foreign aid spending and dedication to open trading relationships.”


Euractiv: EU countries top development policy charts

From the article:

Sweden, Denmark and Germany are the top three in the annual index by the Washington-based think-tank, which ranks 27 wealthy countries based on their policies on aid, finance, technology, environment, trade, security and migration.


Development Today Magazine: Three Nordics top donor ranking. Norway penalised for ‘low quality of aid’

From the article:

Sweden has the best migration policies among donors and Denmark gets top marks for contributing to international peacekeeping, according to the Center for Global Development’s CDI index for 2018. Norway, which topped the UNDP index announced last week, ranks nr 12 on the CDI because of high oil and gas production, heavy agricultural subsidies and the “low quality” of its aid.


Sveriges Radio: Rapport: Sverige bäst på att bidra till global utveckling

From the article:

I dag publiceras en internationell rapport som rankar rika länders positiva påverkan på resten av världen och bidrag till global utveckling. I år är det Sverige som toppar listan.

De sju områden som den ansedda tankesmedjan Center for Global Development, CGD, sammanställer data om, är bistånd, miljö, handel, säkerhet, migration, teknik och ekonomi. Datan kommer från OECD, FN och ländernas egna myndigheter och arbetet resulterar i en årlig rapport, som Sverige alltså toppar i år. 


El País: Cae el compromiso de España con el desarrollo

From the article:

El compromiso de España con el desarrollo internacional descendió cuatro puestos, según los resultados de la nueva edición del Índice de Compromiso con el Desarrollo publicados este martes. Esto nos coloca en el puesto 16º de esta clasificación que mide y compara a los 27 países más ricos del mundo. La caída en el índice, elaborado con datos de 2017, viene causada principalmente por la baja cantidad y calidad de la Ayuda Oficial al Desarrollo (AOD) española. 


TSF Rádio Notícias: Portugal está no top 10 dos países com melhores políticas de desenvolvimento

From the article:

Portugal é vem em 9.º lugar na lista dos países que mais ajudam ao desenvolvimento, de acordo com o ranking Commitment to Development , do Centro para o Desenvolvimento Global. A tabela é liderada pela Suécia. 


Related Experts

Photo of Anita Kappeli
Director of Policy Outreach, Europe
Ian Mitchell
Director of Development Cooperation in Europe and Senior Policy Fellow