Switzerland—Commitment to Development Index

The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on policies that affect people living in poorer nations. This is the country report for Switzerland. For results of all countries, visit the main CDI page.

Overall

Switzerland ranks 27th (last) on the Commitment to Development Index 2016. Its best performances are in the technology and security components.
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Aid

In 2014, Switzerland provided 0.5% of its GNI for development assistance. This is below the international commitment of 0.7% GNI, but above average of the CDI countries. Switzerland is rewarded for untying its aid and providing it to poor countries. Switzerland’s contributions could be improved by providing more aid to multilateral institutions.
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Finance

Switzerland ranks last on the finance component, despite having the highest support for institutional international frameworks in place. Also, it performs above average in its international institutional agreements, accounting for the sustainable development goals of its investment partners. However, Switzerland’s performance on facilitating financial transparency is poor. Despite improvements in the last years, it is still the least financially transparent CDI country. It could improve in a range of policies including public company ownership and accounts, efficiency of tax administration, and avoiding the promotion of tax evasion.
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Technology

Switzerland performs well on the technology component. In 2014 the government provided 0.89% of Switzerland’s GDP for research and development (R&D), which is the fifth largest share of CDI countries. Switzerland has less stringent intellectual property rights policies than other CDI countries, further improving its score. It has room for improvement in database protection, which should be less strict in order to facilitate knowledge sharing with developing countries.
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Environment

Ranking 22nd, Switzerland lags behind on the environment component. It is rewarded for having low greenhouse gas emissions and no fossil fuel production. On the other hand, Switzerland is the only CDI country not party to the UN Fisheries agreement (UNFSA), has relatively low gasoline taxes and could step up its efforts to tackling climate change by ratifying the Paris agreement.
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Trade

Switzerland does not perform well on trade, ranking 26th. Switzerland imposes average red-tape measures on imports: trading of goods across borders takes less time than average but is rather costly. However, it has among the highest tariffs and quotas and highest restrictions on trade in services.
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Security

Switzerland ranks above average on security (rank 10). Switzerland is party to all international security agreements taken into account in the CDI, and only has limited arms exports to undemocratic countries. However, it could improve its score by increasing its contributions to international peacekeeping efforts.
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Migration

Switzerland ranks 19th on migration policy. Switzerland is rewarded for sharing the burden of asylum seekers and refugees. Switzerland could become more development friendly by accepting more students from developing countries and by signing the Convention on the Treatment of Migrant Workers as well as the Migration for Employment Convention. It could also improve its integration policies.
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