Norway ranks third in the Commitment to Development index

    Norway ranks third in the Commitment to Development index

    Dec 10 Oslo: Norway has taken third place in the Annual Commitment to Development Index CDI. According to the Center for Global Development Norway was ranked the highest, for its migration, security and finance policies this year.

    The Center for Global Development this week released the Commitment to Development Index (CDI), the annual barometer of how the policies of wealthy countries help or hurt the world’s poorest people and according to it, Denmark has the most development-friendly policies, for the 4th year in a row. The UK is the highest ranked G7 country, at no. 6. South Korea, Japan are at the bottom of table. While The US ranks poorly – 21st out of 27.

    A statement issued by the Center stated that Norway had been rewarded for accepting a large number of refugees and asylum seekers and ratifying major arms control treaties, but was brought down by its technology and environmental policies. Though Norway has low greenhouse gas emissions per capita, it produces the largest amount of fossil fuel per person among the CDI countries.

    Who Did Best
    • Scandinavian countries did the best overall, with Denmark, Sweden and Norway taking the top three spots. Denmark came out on top with some of the best policy rankings for aid, technology, trade and security; Norway ranked highest for polices related to migration, security and finance.
    • Of the G7 largest economies in the world, the highest ranked are the United Kingdom (which does well on trade and security) and France (which does well on technology transfer and security). 
    • Slovakia remains at the top of the environmental standings, with gasoline taxes among the highest in CDI countries and greenhouse gas emissions among the lowest, but its weak performance in other areas drags down its ranking to 23rd of 27.

    Who Could Do More
    • The CDI shows that ALL rich countries could do more to help people in the developing world, in ways that would also benefit their own citizens.
    • While both countries are scored highly for policies which promote technology, Japan and South Korea are at the bottom of the table because they score poorly on security, trade, and the environment
    • The United States’ policies on finance, environmental, technology and aid pull it down to 21st place.
    • While Canada ranks well for its support for investment and migration, it performs less well on the environment which brings down its overall ranking to 11th place.

    The Oslo Times


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