Commitment to Development of the 21 Richest Countries Ranked. Netherlands Most Committed; U.S. Slips to 13th; Japan Worst

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The Netherlands tops the 2006 CGD/FP Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks the world’s 21 richest countries according to how well their policies help improve lives in the developing world.

Denmark scores second, followed by Sweden, Norway, and New Zealand. The U.S. was 13th and Japan was last.

The CGD/FP Commitment to Development Index is released annually by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and FOREIGN POLICY magazine. Results of the index appear in the September/October issue of FOREIGN POLICY. Online access to the CDI is available at or

The CDI is a sophisticated, broad based analytical tool. It moves beyond conventional, narrow comparisons of how much aid countries provide. Rich and poor countries are linked in many other ways—by commerce, migration, the environment, and military affairs.

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