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Denmark ranks as the highest-performing wealthy country in a ranking of nations that improve lives in the developing world, according to this year’s Commitment to Development Index.
The US placed 23rd out of 27 countries.
Created by the Center for Global Development, the CDI ranks the 27 richest countries in terms of aid, finance, technology, environment, trade, security, and migration – specifically in terms of how they help poorer countries.
Sweden, Finland, France, and Germany rounded out the top five.
“In our integrated world, decisions made by rich countries about their own policies and behavior have repercussions for people in developing nations,” the report said, adding that the CDI “celebrates countries whose policies benefit not only themselves, but also the development of others, and promote our common good.”
Beyond just airlifting supplies during a disaster, the CDI rewards countries based on their financial investments, policies, and actions fighting climate change, trade deals, and warmth toward refugees, among other considerations.
Denmark won top honors for its first-place rank in security and aid in addition to its high placement across the other five metrics. Sweden and Finland, two other Scandinavian nations, also placed highly in most categories. The report, however, said Denmark still had “room for improvement.”
“Even though it takes a large share of international refugees, Denmark accepts the lowest proportion of students from developing countries of all countries assessed,” the report said.
The US placed below all of the Central European Visegrád countries – Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland – “whose income per head is less than half that in the United States.” The US lagged in scores related to finance, environment, and aid. Despite a global agreement that countries would devote 0.7% of their national income to environmental efforts, the US commits just 0.18%, the report found.
Here is the full ranking:
8. United Kingdom
10. New Zealand
20. Czech Republic
23. United States
27. South Korea