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Aid quality is just as important as aid quantity, so the CDI measures gross aid as a share of GDP adjusted for various quality factors: it subtracts debt service, penalizes “tied” aid that makes recipients spend aid only on donor goods and services, rewards aid to poor but relatively well-governed recipients, and penalizes overloading poor governments with many small projects.
United Kingdom’s aid performance
High net aid volume as a share of the economy (0.56%; rank: 6)
No tied or partially tied aid (0%; rank: 1)
Allows project proliferation; small average project size (rank: 22)
Small share of aid to poor and better-governed recipients (selectivity rank: 19)
International trade has been a force for economic development for centuries. The CDI measures trade barriers in rich countries against exports from developing countries. It also penalizes costly importation processes and restrictions against purchasing services from foreigners.
United Kingdom’s trade performance
As a member state of the European Union, the United Kingdom imposes low tariffs on agricultural products including wheat, dairy, some meats, textiles and apparel
Few limitations on the importation of services (Services Trade Restrictions Index score: 15.3; rank: 7)
Few days to import a shipping container (4 days; rank: 5)
Few documents required for importation (6 documents; rank: 3)
As a member state of the European Union the United Kingdom imposes high tariffs on rice, sugar and beef
High agricultural subsidies (equivalent to a tariff worth 15.6% of the value of imports; rank: 18)
Rich-country investment in poorer countries can transfer technologies, upgrade management and create jobs. Conversely, policies that permit financial secrecy of companies and banks can facilitate illicit activities and financial flows abroad. The CDI rewards policies that support healthy investment in developing countries and promote transparency in financial transactions at home.
United Kingdom’s finance performance
Political risk insurance agency provides wide coverage and screens potential projects for violations of human, labor and environmental rights
Active participation and leadership in extractive industries transparency initiatives such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the Kimberley Process on blood diamonds
Vigorous prosecution of home-country bribe payers
Provides assistance to companies looking for investment opportunities in developing countries
Scores above average in the Financial Secrecy Index for regulations in place to promote transparent financial transactions within its jurisdiction (rank: 7)
The movement of people from poor to rich countries provides unskilled immigrants with jobs, income and knowledge. This increases the flow of money sent home by migrants abroad and the transfer of skills when the migrants return.
United Kingdom’s migration performance
Large number of immigrants from developing countries entering the United Kingdom (rank by share of population: 11)
Small share of foreign students from developing countries (64.7%; rank: 17)
Rich countries use a disproportionate amount of scarce resources, and poor countries are most vulnerable to global warming and ecological deterioration, so the CDI measures the impact of policies on the global climate, fisheries and biodiversity.
United Kingdom’s environment performance
Excellent compliance with mandatory reporting requirements under multilateral environmental agreements relating to biodiversity (rank: 7)
Low fishing subsidies (rank: 9)
High gas taxes ($1.2 per liter; rank: 10)
High fossil fuel production rate per capita (4.7 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent; rank: 19)
Since security is a prerequisite for development, the CDI rewards contributions to internationally sanctioned peacekeeping operations and forcible humanitarian interventions, military protection of global sea lanes, and participation in international security treaties. It also penalizes arms exports to poor and undemocratic governments.
United Kingdom’s security performance
Significant personnel contributions to internationally-sanctioned peacekeeping and humanitarian interventions over last decade (rank by share of GDP: 3)
Participates in major international security treaties and regimes
Positions naval fleet to protect sea lanes vital for international trade (rank: 3)
Relatively large contribution to the UN Peacekeeping Operations budget (rank by share of GDP: 1)
High level of arms exports to poor and undemocratic governments (rank by share of GDP: 22)
Rich countries contribute to development through the creation and dissemination of new technologies. The CDI captures this by measuring government support for R&D and penalizing strong intellectual property rights regimes that limit the dissemination of new technologies to poor countries.
United Kingdom’s technology performance
Provides patent exceptions for research purposes
High tax subsidy rate to businesses for R&D (rank: 10)
Low government expenditure on R&D (rank by share of GDP: 18)
Does not force patent holders to license to meet social needs
Offers patent-like proprietary rights to developers of data compilations, including those assembled from data in the public domain
Imposes strict limitations on anti-circumvention technologies that can defeat encryption of copyrighted digital materials
Pushes to extend intellectual property rights in bilateral trade treaties (“TRIPS Plus” measures) that restrict the flow of innovations to developing countries