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Scandinavian countries best at helping poorer Nations

by FFE EU News staff

 

American think-tank Centre for Global Development has just released a list of countries whose foreign aid policies are making the biggest difference in the world, and in the top three spots are Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

 

The Commitment to Development Index (CDI) measures the 27 richest countries according to their policies that target poorer countries around the world. The seven key areas of performance are:

 

  • Aid: quality and quantity of aid
  • Trade: openness to export
  • Finance: policies that encourage investment and financial transparency
  • Migration: openness to migration
  • Environment: environment policies
  • Security: promotion of international security
  • Technology: support for technology creation and transfer

 

scandinavian aid

 

Here is the ranking of countries based on their 2013 CDI scores:

Denmark topped the list overall with 6.8 index points. According to CDI, the country’s aid policies are the best-rounded and most consistent of all nations. Denmark has topped the CDI for the second year in a row.

 

Sweden topped the index for quality and quantity of aid. About 0.97% of its GDP is given to foreign assistance. However, the country ranked lowest for security because of ‘high arms exports.’

 

Norway topped in two indexes: migration and security. The country’s role in peacekeeping and its participation in security treaties led to its topping the security index.

 

Denmark, Sweden and Norway’s rankings have changed little in the past year. Other European countries that have made it to the top 10 are Luxembourg, Finland, Netherlands, Ireland, Britain, Austria and Belgium.

 

The Centre for Global Development’s 2013 CDI report can be read in full here.

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