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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. The CDI goes beyond measures of foreign
aid to quantify performance in seven areas:

  • Quantity and quality of foreign aid
  • Openness to exports
  • Policies that encourage investment and financial transparency
  • Openness to migration
  • Environmental policies
  • Promotion of international security
  • Support for technology creation and transfer

Why does the CDI matter? Because in an integrated
world, the behavior of rich countries and powerful
institutions can profoundly affect the lives of people
in poor countries and because poverty and weak
institutions in developing countries can breed public
health crises, security threats, and economic crises
that know no borders. Committing to policies that
promote development and well-being is a global
imperative: no human being should be denied the
chance to live free of poverty and oppression and to
enjoy a basic standard of education and health. The
CDI countries all promote respect for human life and
dignity; the Index looks at whether the policies of rich
countries match these aspirations.

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