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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."
This AP article picked up by the Manila Times features highlights from CGD's 2005 Commitment to Development Index.
The index, published by the Center for Global Development advocacy group, ranks the countries "based on their dedication to policies that benefit the five billion people living in poorer nations worldwide," the center's website says. It grades countries on the basis of government policies, rewarding those judged to improve prospects of poor countries and punishing those that do not.
CGD's work is cited in this All Africa.com article from Ghana, noting the good governance standard set by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
CGD actively monitors the the MCC's Millennium Challege Account (MCA), through our intiative, the MCA Monitor.
This article from All Africa.com cites CGD reserch fellows Todd Moss and Micheal Clemens work on Zimbabwe. "Zimbabwe has experienced a precipitous collapse inits economy over the past five years. The purchasing power of an average Zimbabwean in 2005 has fallen back to the same level as in 1953."For people in extreme poverty, a collapse like this translates directly into sickness and death. We conservatively estimate that persistence in the economic shock will costthe lives of at least 3 900 Zimbabwean children per year - about half the infant death toll from HIV and AIDS"