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The Commitment to Development Index
Ranking countries on their global development policies
About the Index
The Commitment to Development Index ranks 40 of the world’s most powerful countries on their dedication to policies that affect more than 5 billion people living in poorer nations, scoring countries relative to their size & economic weight.

CDI Structure

The Commitment to Development Index (CDI) ranks 40 of the world’s most powerful countries on policies that affect more than five billion people living in poorer nations. Because development is about more than foreign aid, the CDI covers eight distinct policy areas: Development Finance, Investment, Migration, Trade, Environment, Health, Security, and Technology. The CDI not only help citizens understand how their country’s policies help or harm global development; the rankings are also used by governments to identify key areas for improvement and compare themselves to their peers. Learn more by exploring the methodology.

Why Does Commitment to Development Matter?

In our integrated world, decisions made by the richest countries about their own policies and behaviour have repercussions for people in lower-income countries. At the same time, greater prosperity and security in poorer countries benefits the whole world. Global development creates new economic opportunities, increases innovation, and helps reduce risks posed by public health, security, and economic crises. The CDI looks at 40 of the world’s most powerful countries with and celebrates those with policies that benefit not only themselves, but also the development of others and the global common good.

Blogs

  • Assessing International Environmental Leadership: CDI 2021
    by Lee Robinson et al.
    Today, we publish the 2021 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which tracks powerful countries’ policy efforts on development across eight important areas, from development...
  • Introducing the Commitment to Development Index 2021
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    Today we launch the Commitment to Development Index 2021 measuring the policy efforts of 40 major economies in supporting development in other countries. The CDI focuses on the...
  • Does Focus Follow Money in National Security?
    by Charles Kenny
    If your toolbox is overflowing with precision guided munitions, the problems you will focus on are ones that (arguably) can be solved with precision guided munitions. Our...
  • Undermining Global Security: Measuring the Risk of Arms Exports and...
    by Beata Cichocka et al.
    Just weeks into his presidency, Joe Biden announced a suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This follows similar promising commitments from...
  • Gender and the CDI: How Committed Are Countries to Gender Equality in Their...
    by Beata Cichocka et al.
    Earlier this year, we launched the Commitment to Development Index (CDI), after commissioning a holistic two-year review to reassess which policies from the world’s major...
  • How Robust Is the CDI to Changes in Weights?
    by Euan Ritchie
    Each year, the Center for Global Development produces the Commitment to Development Index, evaluating countries across a range of indicators that measure their impact on...
  • Introducing the Commitment to Development Index 2020
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    The CDI measures the policy effort of countries—relative to their size—in how they support development in other countries. How did your country rank?
  • CDI 2020: China’s Commitment to Development
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    China’s policy commitment to development ranks 35th of the 40 countries in the CDI. Some of the results may seem counterintuitive: Most people know that China provides...
  • CDI 2020: Assessing Commitment to Global Health
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    With COVID-19 set to lead to a major upsurge in those living in extreme poverty and the wider developing world, the new CDI provides looks at how 40 of the world’s most...
  • Commitment to Development 2020: Reassessing What Matters Most
    by Lee Robinson et al.
    Ahead of the publication of the next Commitment to Development Index this spring, Lee Robinson and Ian Mitchell outline the findings from three external reviews, and highlight...
  • Turkey’s Refugee Policy and Its Commitment to Development
    by Lee Robinson et al.
    Migration is a crucial and cross-cutting topic within development—and one of the  seven current components in our annual Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which...
  • Looking Beyond Aid with Ian Mitchell – CGD Podcast
    by Holly Shulman
    CGD's Ian Mitchell on why looking beyond aid is important for development and how the CDI measures and weighs various development factors. 
  • Policies, Outcomes, and Populism: The Integration of Migrants in Sweden
    by Lee Robinson et al.
    Sweden doesn’t seem to be immune to the Europe-wide trend of hostility to migration, as a significant 17.5 percent of the vote went to the Sweden Democrats, a...
  • CDI 2018 and Trade: Advanced Economies and Poverty-Weighted Trade Tariffs
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    As the global trade powerhouses lurch towards protectionism, CGD’s Commitment to Development Index, released today, reveals which advanced economies have trade...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2018: Europe Leads the Way
    by Anita Käppeli et al.
    Today, we published the Commitment to Development Index (CDI) 2018, which ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on how well their policies help the more than five...
  • International Investment Agreements: Not Fit for the 2030 Sustainable...
    by Anita Käppeli et al.
    In a world with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international investment policy system stands as an obsolete regime in urgent need of revision and reform. This...
  • The Commitment to Development Index after 15 Years: Quo Vadis?
    by Hauke Hillebrandt et al.
    Think tanks and international organisations publish a lot of indices that rank countries or institutions by their policies. We ourselves here at CGD we have recently...
  • German Elections: What Merkel’s "Jamaica Coalition" Might Mean for Global...
    by Hauke Hillebrandt et al.
    Germans have given Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term as chancellor, but once again without a parliamentary majority. It seems likely that Merkel will now try to negotiate a...
  • Where Does Your Country Rank on Development? – CDI Podcast with Ian...
    by Rajesh Mirchandani
    How well do your country's policies make a positive difference for people in developing nations? That’s the question CGD seeks to answer each year in our Commitment to...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2017: Four Messages for Political Leaders
    by Anita Käppeli et al.
    Today, we published this year’s Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries in how well their policies help to spread global...
  • Trade and Commitment to Development: Which Is More Damaging to Development,...
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    On September 5, we launched the results of the 2017 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which scores 27 countries on how development-friendly their policies are. This...
  • Germany’s Commitment to Development: Good Is Not Good Enough for the G20 Chair
    by Anita Käppeli
    Each year, CGD’s Commitment to Development Index (CDI) rates 27 of the world‘s richest countries on their commitment to sustainable and fair policies towards...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2016: How Development-Friendly Are Your...
    by Rajesh Mirchandani
    Kudos to Finland in 2016 for ascending to the top spot in CGD’s annual Commitment to Development Index, our ranking of how a country’s policies help or hinder development....
  • 2016 Commitment to Development Index Rankings: How All Countries Can Do More...
    by Owen Barder et al.
    Global policymaking is at risk, threatening the international liberal order which has, for all its faults and lacunae, served the world well since the second world war. There...
  • Does Australia Really Have Good Immigration Policies for Development?
    by Owen Barder
    Last week, we released the migration scores from the 2016 Commitment to Development Index. A few eyebrows were raised at Australia’s third-place...
  • Which Countries Have the Best Migration Policies?
    by Owen Barder et al.
    As President Obama convenes an important global summit on refugees, and world leaders at the UN General Assembly address the burgeoning issue of migration and forced...
  • Brexit: Threats and Opportunities for Global Development
    by Owen Barder
    There is much uncertainty now about how the UK will respond to Thursday’s referendum result calling for Britain to leave the European Union. The effects on developing...
  • Head and Heart: Are More Generous Donors Less Effective?
    by Owen Barder et al.
    When it comes to development aid, you might think that there is a trade-off between head and heart: that more generous donors would be less serious about making sure that their...
  • Countries Most in Need of Aid Are Less Likely to Get It – Podcast with Owen...
    by Rajesh Mirchandani
    Which country’s aid is the best? And who is giving what to whom? Recent statistics from the OECD tell us that the amount of aid given to poor countries was at an all-time...
  • CDI 2015: How Do Rich Countries’ Policies Affect Development? – Podcast...
    by Rajesh Mirchandani
  • What Does the UK Election Result Mean for Development?
    by Rajesh Mirchandani
  • A Development Policy for the 21st Century
    by Owen Barder
    It drives me crazy that so many people equate development policy with foreign aid. That’s why I welcome this week’s landmark report from the British...
  • Why ‘Beyond Aid’ Matters for Development
    by Owen Barder et al.
    The UK House of Commons International Development Committee is undertaking a very interesting inquiry which happens to be right up our street.
  • What Is Good about the Good Country Index?
    by Petra Krylová et al.
    The Good Country Index (GCI), aiming “to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity,” has just been launched...
  • Europe Beyond Aid: Assessing Europe’s Commitment to Global Environment
    by Owen Barder et al.
    Our new report written with the Ecologic Institute explains that although Europe has made significant progress toward protecting the global environment,...
  • Are We Doing Enough to Support Technology Transfer to Developing Countries?
    by Owen Barder et al.
    The spread of knowledge and ideas should help close the gap between rich countries and poor. That’s why technology transfer is one of the seven components of...
  • Europe Beyond Aid: An Exciting Year Ahead
    by
    CGD’s Europe Beyond Aid initiative explores how the individual and collective policies affect the developing world and how they could be improved. Using the Commitment to...
  • Getting to Denmark: How Rich Countries Can Learn from Each Other’s...
    by Owen Barder et al.
  • Are Rich Country Policies Getting Better?
    by
  • Updated Look at Trade in the Commitment to Development Index
    by
    After some modest tweaks over the years, the trade component of the Commitment to Development Index got a makeover in 2013—not a new face, but a nip and tuck...
  • Which Country Has the Most Development Friendly Policies? (Hint: Tillykke!)
    by
  • South Korea Wins Green Climate Fund: Now Comes the Hard Part
    by
    This is a joint post with Lawrence MacDonald. In a break with the post-World War II practice of international organizations being headquartered in either Europe or the US, South...
  • The 2012 Commitment to Development Index
    by
    This post is coauthored with Julia Clark. You can listen to the pre-release podcast with David Roodman and Owen Barder. We're proud to announce the release of the tenth edition...
  • ABCs of the CDI and Europe – David Roodman and Owen Barder
    by
  • The United Nations Won't Tell the Public Where It Gets Its Money
    by
  • Ranking the Rich in the 2011 Commitment to Development Index: David Roodman
    by
  • 2011 Commitment to Development Index Is Out
    by
  • Obama Urges Trade, Investment to Support Arab Spring; U.S. Scores Not so Hot
    by
  • Owen Barder on UK Drop in Commitment to Development Index
    by
  • Sustaining Dutch Commitment to Development
    by David Roodman et al.
    This is a joint post with Julie Walz and originally appeared on The Broker Website. The new Dutch government plans to cut spending on foreign aid from 0.8% to 0.7% of gross...
  • My Reflections on and Hopes for the New U.S. Global Development Policy
    by
  • South Korea Joins the Donor Club
    by
  • Benchmarking America: The 2009 Commitment to Development Index
    by
  • Innovations in Aid: Beginning with an End to ODA?
    by
    This is a joint posting with Ayah Mahgoub To all those concerned about the future of foreign aid, please take the opportunity to read the works included in CGD’s new...
  • Who Will Index the Indexers? Think Tank Ranking in Foreign Policy Magazine
    by
  • 2007 Commitment to Development Index Announced
    by
  • Poverty is so Hot for Fall (and Why That's a Good Thing)
    by
  • Japanese Government Criticizes CGD Index
    by
  • 2006 Commitment to Development Index Launches
    by David Roodman
  • DATA stands for "Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa": Are G-8 Promises Kept?
    by David Roodman
  • What's Wrong With the Commitment to Development Award List?
    by
  • Remittances aren't charity, and one country does not make an index
    by
  • U.S. aid skyrocketed in 2005--at least in Iraq
    by
  • Something's Forgotten in the Hate of Denmark
    by
  • Better Ways to Measure Aid Quality?
    by
  • How much does the U.S. help?
    by
  • U.S. aid, global poverty, and the earthquake/tsunami death toll
    by
    Even as the tragedy in Asia elicits an outpouring of charity from Americans, it has sparked controversy over whether America is in fact generous. President Bush, Secretary of...

Publications

  • The Commitment to Development Index 2021
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index (CDI) ranks 40 of the world’s most powerful countries on policies that affect more than five billion people living in poorer nations. In...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2020
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 40 countries on their development policies. How did your country do this year?
  • The Index Ecosystem and the Commitment to Development Index
    by Ravi Kanbur
    The CDI has carved out a fairly specialized niche in the index ecosystem. For 15 years, the Center for Global Development has produced the Commitment to Development Index...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2018
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on policies that affect more than five billion people living in poorer nations. How did your...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2017
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world's richest countries on policies that affect more than five billion people living in poorer nations. Because development...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2016
    by Owen Barder et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit poorer nations. Finland takes first in 2016. The UK moves down...
  • How Much and How Well: Revisiting the Aid Component of the Commitment to...
    by Owen Barder et al.
  • Commitment to Development Index 2015
    by Petra Krylová et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit poorer nations. Denmark takes first in 2015. The UK is tied...
  • Commitment to Development Index
    by Petra Krylová et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit the 5.5 billion people living in poorer nations.
  • Illicit Financial Flows and the 2013 Commitment to Development Index
    by Petr Janský
    In recent years there has been growing recognition of the harm done to development by illicit financial flows, and the role of rich countries in providing an environment which...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2013
    by Owen Barder et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on policies that affect the more than five billion people living in poorer nations.
  • An Index of Constructive External Engagement (ICEE)
    by David Roodman
  • The Moral Imperative toward Cost-Effectiveness in Global Health
    by Toby Ord
    In this essay, Toby Ord explores the moral relevance of cost-effectiveness, a major tool for capturing the relationship between resources and outcomes, by illustrating what is...
  • Europe Beyond Aid: Assessing Europe’s Commitment to Development - Working...
    by Owen Barder et al.
    This paper provides the background to a series of more detailed studies of the policies of European countries as they relate to CGD's Commitment to Development Index.
  • Commitment to Development Index
    by David Roodman
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 22 of the world’s richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit the 5.5 billion people living in poorer nations....
  • Commitment to Development Index 2010
    by David Roodman et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index (CDI) ranks 22 of the world’s richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit the five billion people living in poorer...
  • Twenty Concrete Steps to Improve the United States’ Commitment to Development
    by Cindy Prieto et al.
    The United States ranked 17th in the 2009 Commitment to Development Index with strengths in trade and security but weaknesses in aid and environment. This CGD Note describes how...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2009
    by David Roodman et al.
    The 2009 Commitment to Development Index ranks 22 of the world's richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit the five billion people living in poorer nations....
  • The 2008 Commitment to Development Index: Components and Results
    by David Roodman
    This CGD brief summarizes the results of the 2008 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 22 of the world's richest countries on their dedication to policies that...
  • The Commitment to Development Index for Africa: How Much Do the Richest...
    by David Roodman
    How committed are the world's richest countries to the development of Africa, the world's poorest continent? Rich countries are usually compared on how much foreign aid they...
  • Macro Aid Effectiveness Research: A Guide for the Perplexed - Working Paper 135
    by David Roodman
    The argument about whether foreign aid "works" rages on. Recently, Paul Collier sought a practical middle path between William Easterly's development pessimism and Jeffrey...
  • The Commitment to Development Index 2007 Report
    by David Roodman
    Each year since 2003, the Commitment to Development Index (CDI) has ranked 21 rich countries on their dedication (or not!) to policies that benefit the five billion people...
  • How Do the BRICs Stack Up? Adding Brazil, Russia, India, and China to the...
    by David Roodman
    In this working paper CGD research fellow David Roodman explains how the four biggest developing countries -- Brazil, Russia, India and China, a group Goldman Sachs dubbed the...
  • The 2007 Commitment to Development Index: Components and Results
    by David Roodman
    This CGD brief summarizes the results of the 2007 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 21 of the world's richest countries on their dedication to policies that...
  • An Index of Donor Performance - Working Paper 67 (Revised October 2012)
    by David Roodman
    In this working paper, CGD research fellow David Roodman describes the methodology of the foreign aid component of the 2012 edition of the Commitment to Development Index. The...

Media Mentions

  • New Commitment to Development Index Shows Europeans Outperforming US, China;...
    “Foreign direct aid itself is an incredibly important resource for poorer nations, but good development policy and practice take into...
  • Sweden Claims Top Spot in Global Development Index
    Today, the Center for Global Development announced that Sweden claimed the #1 spot in the Commitment to Development Index, which ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries...

Blogs

  • Assessing International Environmental Leadership: CDI 2021
    by Lee Robinson et al.
    Today, we publish the 2021 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which tracks powerful countries’ policy efforts on development across eight important areas, from development...
  • Introducing the Commitment to Development Index 2021
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    Today we launch the Commitment to Development Index 2021 measuring the policy efforts of 40 major economies in supporting development in other countries. The CDI focuses on the...
  • Does Focus Follow Money in National Security?
    by Charles Kenny
    If your toolbox is overflowing with precision guided munitions, the problems you will focus on are ones that (arguably) can be solved with precision guided munitions. Our...
  • Undermining Global Security: Measuring the Risk of Arms Exports and...
    by Beata Cichocka et al.
    Just weeks into his presidency, Joe Biden announced a suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This follows similar promising commitments from...
  • Gender and the CDI: How Committed Are Countries to Gender Equality in Their...
    by Beata Cichocka et al.
    Earlier this year, we launched the Commitment to Development Index (CDI), after commissioning a holistic two-year review to reassess which policies from the world’s major...
  • How Robust Is the CDI to Changes in Weights?
    by Euan Ritchie
    Each year, the Center for Global Development produces the Commitment to Development Index, evaluating countries across a range of indicators that measure their impact on...
  • Introducing the Commitment to Development Index 2020
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    The CDI measures the policy effort of countries—relative to their size—in how they support development in other countries. How did your country rank?
  • CDI 2020: China’s Commitment to Development
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    China’s policy commitment to development ranks 35th of the 40 countries in the CDI. Some of the results may seem counterintuitive: Most people know that China provides...
  • CDI 2020: Assessing Commitment to Global Health
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    With COVID-19 set to lead to a major upsurge in those living in extreme poverty and the wider developing world, the new CDI provides looks at how 40 of the world’s most...
  • Commitment to Development 2020: Reassessing What Matters Most
    by Lee Robinson et al.
    Ahead of the publication of the next Commitment to Development Index this spring, Lee Robinson and Ian Mitchell outline the findings from three external reviews, and highlight...
  • Turkey’s Refugee Policy and Its Commitment to Development
    by Lee Robinson et al.
    Migration is a crucial and cross-cutting topic within development—and one of the  seven current components in our annual Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which...
  • Looking Beyond Aid with Ian Mitchell – CGD Podcast
    by Holly Shulman
    CGD's Ian Mitchell on why looking beyond aid is important for development and how the CDI measures and weighs various development factors. 
  • Policies, Outcomes, and Populism: The Integration of Migrants in Sweden
    by Lee Robinson et al.
    Sweden doesn’t seem to be immune to the Europe-wide trend of hostility to migration, as a significant 17.5 percent of the vote went to the Sweden Democrats, a...
  • CDI 2018 and Trade: Advanced Economies and Poverty-Weighted Trade Tariffs
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    As the global trade powerhouses lurch towards protectionism, CGD’s Commitment to Development Index, released today, reveals which advanced economies have trade...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2018: Europe Leads the Way
    by Anita Käppeli et al.
    Today, we published the Commitment to Development Index (CDI) 2018, which ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on how well their policies help the more than five...
  • International Investment Agreements: Not Fit for the 2030 Sustainable...
    by Anita Käppeli et al.
    In a world with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international investment policy system stands as an obsolete regime in urgent need of revision and reform. This...
  • The Commitment to Development Index after 15 Years: Quo Vadis?
    by Hauke Hillebrandt et al.
    Think tanks and international organisations publish a lot of indices that rank countries or institutions by their policies. We ourselves here at CGD we have recently...
  • German Elections: What Merkel’s "Jamaica Coalition" Might Mean for Global...
    by Hauke Hillebrandt et al.
    Germans have given Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term as chancellor, but once again without a parliamentary majority. It seems likely that Merkel will now try to negotiate a...
  • Where Does Your Country Rank on Development? – CDI Podcast with Ian...
    by Rajesh Mirchandani
    How well do your country's policies make a positive difference for people in developing nations? That’s the question CGD seeks to answer each year in our Commitment to...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2017: Four Messages for Political Leaders
    by Anita Käppeli et al.
    Today, we published this year’s Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries in how well their policies help to spread global...
  • Trade and Commitment to Development: Which Is More Damaging to Development,...
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    On September 5, we launched the results of the 2017 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which scores 27 countries on how development-friendly their policies are. This...
  • Germany’s Commitment to Development: Good Is Not Good Enough for the G20 Chair
    by Anita Käppeli
    Each year, CGD’s Commitment to Development Index (CDI) rates 27 of the world‘s richest countries on their commitment to sustainable and fair policies towards...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2016: How Development-Friendly Are Your...
    by Rajesh Mirchandani
    Kudos to Finland in 2016 for ascending to the top spot in CGD’s annual Commitment to Development Index, our ranking of how a country’s policies help or hinder development....
  • 2016 Commitment to Development Index Rankings: How All Countries Can Do More...
    by Owen Barder et al.
    Global policymaking is at risk, threatening the international liberal order which has, for all its faults and lacunae, served the world well since the second world war. There...
  • Does Australia Really Have Good Immigration Policies for Development?
    by Owen Barder
    Last week, we released the migration scores from the 2016 Commitment to Development Index. A few eyebrows were raised at Australia’s third-place...
  • Which Countries Have the Best Migration Policies?
    by Owen Barder et al.
    As President Obama convenes an important global summit on refugees, and world leaders at the UN General Assembly address the burgeoning issue of migration and forced...
  • Brexit: Threats and Opportunities for Global Development
    by Owen Barder
    There is much uncertainty now about how the UK will respond to Thursday’s referendum result calling for Britain to leave the European Union. The effects on developing...
  • Head and Heart: Are More Generous Donors Less Effective?
    by Owen Barder et al.
    When it comes to development aid, you might think that there is a trade-off between head and heart: that more generous donors would be less serious about making sure that their...
  • Countries Most in Need of Aid Are Less Likely to Get It – Podcast with Owen...
    by Rajesh Mirchandani
    Which country’s aid is the best? And who is giving what to whom? Recent statistics from the OECD tell us that the amount of aid given to poor countries was at an all-time...
  • CDI 2015: How Do Rich Countries’ Policies Affect Development? – Podcast...
    by Rajesh Mirchandani
  • What Does the UK Election Result Mean for Development?
    by Rajesh Mirchandani
  • A Development Policy for the 21st Century
    by Owen Barder
    It drives me crazy that so many people equate development policy with foreign aid. That’s why I welcome this week’s landmark report from the British...
  • Why ‘Beyond Aid’ Matters for Development
    by Owen Barder et al.
    The UK House of Commons International Development Committee is undertaking a very interesting inquiry which happens to be right up our street.
  • What Is Good about the Good Country Index?
    by Petra Krylová et al.
    The Good Country Index (GCI), aiming “to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity,” has just been launched...
  • Europe Beyond Aid: Assessing Europe’s Commitment to Global Environment
    by Owen Barder et al.
    Our new report written with the Ecologic Institute explains that although Europe has made significant progress toward protecting the global environment,...
  • Are We Doing Enough to Support Technology Transfer to Developing Countries?
    by Owen Barder et al.
    The spread of knowledge and ideas should help close the gap between rich countries and poor. That’s why technology transfer is one of the seven components of...
  • Europe Beyond Aid: An Exciting Year Ahead
    by
    CGD’s Europe Beyond Aid initiative explores how the individual and collective policies affect the developing world and how they could be improved. Using the Commitment to...
  • Getting to Denmark: How Rich Countries Can Learn from Each Other’s...
    by Owen Barder et al.
  • Are Rich Country Policies Getting Better?
    by
  • Updated Look at Trade in the Commitment to Development Index
    by
    After some modest tweaks over the years, the trade component of the Commitment to Development Index got a makeover in 2013—not a new face, but a nip and tuck...
  • Which Country Has the Most Development Friendly Policies? (Hint: Tillykke!)
    by
  • South Korea Wins Green Climate Fund: Now Comes the Hard Part
    by
    This is a joint post with Lawrence MacDonald. In a break with the post-World War II practice of international organizations being headquartered in either Europe or the US, South...
  • The 2012 Commitment to Development Index
    by
    This post is coauthored with Julia Clark. You can listen to the pre-release podcast with David Roodman and Owen Barder. We're proud to announce the release of the tenth edition...
  • ABCs of the CDI and Europe – David Roodman and Owen Barder
    by
  • The United Nations Won't Tell the Public Where It Gets Its Money
    by
  • Ranking the Rich in the 2011 Commitment to Development Index: David Roodman
    by
  • 2011 Commitment to Development Index Is Out
    by
  • Obama Urges Trade, Investment to Support Arab Spring; U.S. Scores Not so Hot
    by
  • Owen Barder on UK Drop in Commitment to Development Index
    by
  • Sustaining Dutch Commitment to Development
    by David Roodman et al.
    This is a joint post with Julie Walz and originally appeared on The Broker Website. The new Dutch government plans to cut spending on foreign aid from 0.8% to 0.7% of gross...
  • My Reflections on and Hopes for the New U.S. Global Development Policy
    by
  • South Korea Joins the Donor Club
    by
  • Benchmarking America: The 2009 Commitment to Development Index
    by
  • Innovations in Aid: Beginning with an End to ODA?
    by
    This is a joint posting with Ayah Mahgoub To all those concerned about the future of foreign aid, please take the opportunity to read the works included in CGD’s new...
  • Who Will Index the Indexers? Think Tank Ranking in Foreign Policy Magazine
    by
  • 2007 Commitment to Development Index Announced
    by
  • Poverty is so Hot for Fall (and Why That's a Good Thing)
    by
  • Japanese Government Criticizes CGD Index
    by
  • 2006 Commitment to Development Index Launches
    by David Roodman
  • DATA stands for "Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa": Are G-8 Promises Kept?
    by David Roodman
  • What's Wrong With the Commitment to Development Award List?
    by
  • Remittances aren't charity, and one country does not make an index
    by
  • U.S. aid skyrocketed in 2005--at least in Iraq
    by
  • Something's Forgotten in the Hate of Denmark
    by
  • Better Ways to Measure Aid Quality?
    by
  • How much does the U.S. help?
    by
  • U.S. aid, global poverty, and the earthquake/tsunami death toll
    by
    Even as the tragedy in Asia elicits an outpouring of charity from Americans, it has sparked controversy over whether America is in fact generous. President Bush, Secretary of...

Publications

  • The Commitment to Development Index 2021
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index (CDI) ranks 40 of the world’s most powerful countries on policies that affect more than five billion people living in poorer nations. In...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2020
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 40 countries on their development policies. How did your country do this year?
  • The Index Ecosystem and the Commitment to Development Index
    by Ravi Kanbur
    The CDI has carved out a fairly specialized niche in the index ecosystem. For 15 years, the Center for Global Development has produced the Commitment to Development Index...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2018
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on policies that affect more than five billion people living in poorer nations. How did your...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2017
    by Ian Mitchell et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world's richest countries on policies that affect more than five billion people living in poorer nations. Because development...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2016
    by Owen Barder et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit poorer nations. Finland takes first in 2016. The UK moves down...
  • How Much and How Well: Revisiting the Aid Component of the Commitment to...
    by Owen Barder et al.
  • Commitment to Development Index 2015
    by Petra Krylová et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit poorer nations. Denmark takes first in 2015. The UK is tied...
  • Commitment to Development Index
    by Petra Krylová et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit the 5.5 billion people living in poorer nations.
  • Illicit Financial Flows and the 2013 Commitment to Development Index
    by Petr Janský
    In recent years there has been growing recognition of the harm done to development by illicit financial flows, and the role of rich countries in providing an environment which...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2013
    by Owen Barder et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on policies that affect the more than five billion people living in poorer nations.
  • An Index of Constructive External Engagement (ICEE)
    by David Roodman
  • The Moral Imperative toward Cost-Effectiveness in Global Health
    by Toby Ord
    In this essay, Toby Ord explores the moral relevance of cost-effectiveness, a major tool for capturing the relationship between resources and outcomes, by illustrating what is...
  • Europe Beyond Aid: Assessing Europe’s Commitment to Development - Working...
    by Owen Barder et al.
    This paper provides the background to a series of more detailed studies of the policies of European countries as they relate to CGD's Commitment to Development Index.
  • Commitment to Development Index
    by David Roodman
    The Commitment to Development Index ranks 22 of the world’s richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit the 5.5 billion people living in poorer nations....
  • Commitment to Development Index 2010
    by David Roodman et al.
    The Commitment to Development Index (CDI) ranks 22 of the world’s richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit the five billion people living in poorer...
  • Twenty Concrete Steps to Improve the United States’ Commitment to Development
    by Cindy Prieto et al.
    The United States ranked 17th in the 2009 Commitment to Development Index with strengths in trade and security but weaknesses in aid and environment. This CGD Note describes how...
  • Commitment to Development Index 2009
    by David Roodman et al.
    The 2009 Commitment to Development Index ranks 22 of the world's richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit the five billion people living in poorer nations....
  • The 2008 Commitment to Development Index: Components and Results
    by David Roodman
    This CGD brief summarizes the results of the 2008 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 22 of the world's richest countries on their dedication to policies that...
  • The Commitment to Development Index for Africa: How Much Do the Richest...
    by David Roodman
    How committed are the world's richest countries to the development of Africa, the world's poorest continent? Rich countries are usually compared on how much foreign aid they...
  • Macro Aid Effectiveness Research: A Guide for the Perplexed - Working Paper 135
    by David Roodman
    The argument about whether foreign aid "works" rages on. Recently, Paul Collier sought a practical middle path between William Easterly's development pessimism and Jeffrey...
  • The Commitment to Development Index 2007 Report
    by David Roodman
    Each year since 2003, the Commitment to Development Index (CDI) has ranked 21 rich countries on their dedication (or not!) to policies that benefit the five billion people...
  • How Do the BRICs Stack Up? Adding Brazil, Russia, India, and China to the...
    by David Roodman
    In this working paper CGD research fellow David Roodman explains how the four biggest developing countries -- Brazil, Russia, India and China, a group Goldman Sachs dubbed the...
  • The 2007 Commitment to Development Index: Components and Results
    by David Roodman
    This CGD brief summarizes the results of the 2007 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 21 of the world's richest countries on their dedication to policies that...
  • An Index of Donor Performance - Working Paper 67 (Revised October 2012)
    by David Roodman
    In this working paper, CGD research fellow David Roodman describes the methodology of the foreign aid component of the 2012 edition of the Commitment to Development Index. The...

Media Mentions

  • New Commitment to Development Index Shows Europeans Outperforming US, China;...
    “Foreign direct aid itself is an incredibly important resource for poorer nations, but good development policy and practice take into...
  • Sweden Claims Top Spot in Global Development Index
    Today, the Center for Global Development announced that Sweden claimed the #1 spot in the Commitment to Development Index, which ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries...

Contact

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Contact

For more information, contact csantos@cgdev.org

Experts

Beata Cichocka
Beata Cichocka is a research assistant for CGD’s Europe programme, focusing on the Commitment to Development Index. Prior to joining CGD, she worked with the European...
Ian Mitchell
Ian Mitchell is a senior fellow and the director of development cooperation in Europe at the Center for Global Development. He leads CGD’s work in Europe on how...
Lee Robinson
Lee Robinson is a Research Associate at the Center for Global Development’s Europe office, working on various strands of the Climate Programme and with Ian Mitchell on the...

Experts

  • Beata Cichocka
    Beata Cichocka is a research assistant for CGD’s Europe programme, focusing on the Commitment to Development Index. Prior to joining CGD, she worked with the European...
  • Ian Mitchell
    Ian Mitchell is a senior fellow and the director of development cooperation in Europe at the Center for Global Development. He leads CGD’s work in Europe on how...
  • Lee Robinson
    Lee Robinson is a Research Associate at the Center for Global Development’s Europe office, working on various strands of the Climate Programme and with Ian Mitchell on the...

Acknowledgments

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