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CGD Research fellow Stewart Patrick was interviewed on Marketplace Morning Report Friday September 9 discussing foreign offers of humanitarian and other assistance to the United States in wake of Hurricane Katrina.
This article appearing in Australia's Courier Mail newspaper quotes Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer speaking about Australia's scores on the 2005 Commitment to Development Index.
From the article:
Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said the Centre for Global Development/Foreign Policy Commitment to Development Index stressed that reducing poverty was about far more than giving money. Australia was ranked equal first on security and second on trade.
"I was also pleased to note that the CGD acknowledges the Australian people for their generosity in making private charitable donations – a finding which is no surprise when we consider the extraordinary outpouring of support and assistance from Australians in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami," Mr Downer said.
This article appearing in the Financial Times covers the 2005 Commitment to Development Index.
From the article:
"The 2005 Commitment to Development Index, a ranking of 21 rich countries produced by the Washington-based Center for Global Development, suggests the UK and US have partially matched their rhetoric on development with action."
This article appearing in the Los Angeles Times covers the 2005 Commitment to Development Index.
From the article:
"Among other criticisms, they argued that such measurements do not include the amount Americans give to domestic charities. Nor do they give the United States credit for the billions it spends in military operations that it says provide the global security that allows other nations' economies to flourish.
Responding to such criticisms, the 2005 Commitment to Development Index uses a revised methodology, according to David Roodman, who heads the study at the Center for Global Development, a liberal Washington think tank. For example, this year's report gives the United States points for its military contributions to keeping the world's sea lanes open for global trade, Roodman said.
The United States, the European Union and Canada also are given points for eliminating tariffs on textile imports from developing nations under a World Trade Organization agreement. However, the United States, Britain and France all lose points as the world's largest arms merchants, though the United States was selling fewer weapons to undemocratic countries than it did in the past, Roodman said."