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Global report card: How well rich countries do at fighting poverty overseas

The Center for Global Development calls it the Commitment Index, and the 2012 edition is now available. It is a ranking of how well 27 of the world’s wealthiest nations actually do at helping poor people overseas (as compared to the rhetoric):

“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 democracies, preach concern for human life and dignity within their own borders; the Index looks at whether rich countries’ actions match their words.”

The United States doesn’t score too well. Maybe a C-minus at best.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.