Commitment to Development Index – 2007
Center for Global Development,
Press Release October 10, 2007:
“….The Commitment to Development Index (produced annually since 2003 by the Washington-based Center for Global Development) ranks the policies of 21 donor nations in terms of their compatibility or coherence with the goal of promoting development in the Global South.
Aid matters, and is part of the Index, but the scope of the ranking extends beyond aid to include policies relating to trade, investment, migration, the environment, security and technology. The Index is intended to stimulate debate about policies, and ultimately to lead governments in the developed world to make their policies more coherent around development objectives. It poses challenging questions for governments about priorities and the best ways to ensure cross-departmental working….” ODI, APGOOD and CGD event
The CDI assigns points in seven policy areas: aid (both quantity as a share of income and quality), trade, investment, migration, environment, security, and technology. Within each component, a country receives points for policies and actions that support poor nations in their efforts to build prosperity, good government, and security. The seven components are averaged for a final score. The scoring adjusts for size in order to discern how much countries are living up to their potential to help.
2007 CDI Materials
Each year CGD crunches thousands of numbers to compute the CDI. We offer a suite of publications from accessible to technical to explain the what, why, and how:
· For the basics, visit a country or component page using menus at left. At a country page, you can download a short CDI performance review in English or the country's major non-English language(s).
· The CDI brief (pdf) by David Roodman tours the seven CDI components in seven pages.
· "How Do the BRICs Stack Up?" (pdf) shows what happens if
· The CDI postcard (pdf) offers a handy overview.
· The CDI main report (pdf) provides an expanded view the 2007 scores in individual components and change in component scores over time.
· The 2007 CDI slide presentation (pdf)
· The 2007 Technical Paper (pdf) by David Roodman details the design.
· The 2007 spreadsheet (Excel, 2.5MB) contains most of the formulas and data, back-calculates the 2007 methodology through to 2003, and lets you instantly see the consequences of changing the weights of the policy components.
· Building and Running an Effective Policy Index by David Roodman distills lessons from the CDI project.
To request paper copies of these materials for conferences, seminars, or classroom use contact Sarah Jane Hise.
· Aid component: David Roodman. This paper elaborates on the subcomponent on private charity. The aid component was influenced by an earlier paper by William Easterly, Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Global Development.
· Migration component: Kimberly Hamilton and Elizabeth Grieco, Migration Policy Institute. A 2006 paper by B. Lindsay Lowell and Victoria Carro of
You could browse the CDI charts by clicking bars, country names, and policy components and explore the Data Maps
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