United States—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 United States. For results of all countries, visit the main CDI page.

Overall

The United States ranks 20th on the Commitment to Development Index 2016. Its best performances are in the trade and aid components.
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Aid

In 2014, the United States provided 0.19% of its GNI for development assistance. This is below the international commitment of 0.7% GNI, and below average among the CDI countries. The United States is rewarded for providing aid to poor countries and for transparency efforts. The quality of US aid would benefit from untying its aid and from giving greater contributions to multilateral institutions.
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Finance

The United States ranks in the lower end of the finance component. It has development friendly international investment agreements and is rewarded for its compliance with the international investment framework as for instance the OECD anti bribery convention. Even though it provides support to investment in developing countries, its performance on facilitating financial transparency ranks below average. It has the second most non-transparent financial policies behind Switzerland and loses points for allowing secrecy within its sphere of influence. The United States has improved on a range of policies including public company ownership and accounts, efficiency of tax administration, and information exchange.
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Technology

The United States does not perform well on the technology component. In 2014, the government provided 0.58% of GDP for research and development (not including defense), which is below average compared to other CDI countries. The government could do more on providing sufficient incentives for business research and development (R&D) activities. The United States has more stringent intellectual property rights policies compared to other CDI countries, with room for improvement in the areas of patent revocation and allowing patents on software and plant and animal varieties.
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Environment

The United States performs less well on the environment component. It not only has relatively high greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel production compared to other CDI countries, but also the lowest gasoline taxes of all the 27 rated countries. It could also improve its performance on monitoring and reporting to international biodiversity conventions. On the plus side, the US is rewarded for accepting the Paris agreement on tackling climate change.
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Trade

The United States ranks among the top 10 on trade. The United States imposes only limited red-tape restrictions on imports from developing countries, and its tariffs and quotas are also among the lowest compared to its peers in the CDI. The United States could improve its performance by limiting restrictions on trade in services.
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Security

The United States ranks 20th on security. It lags behind on international security agreements as it has not ratified the Mine Ban Treaty, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, the Arms Trade Treaty, and the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court. Also, while its contributions to global sea lanes protection are among the highest, the United States only provides limited support to international humanitarian missions and peacekeeping efforts. Furthermore, the US has not very development friendly policies due to its arms sales to poor and undemocratic countries.
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Migration

The United States scores slightly below average on the migration component. The United States could accept more migrants and asylum-seekers from developing countries and sign up to more migrant-related international conventions. On the contrary, it performs well on accepting students from developing countries and it has good integration policies.
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