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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Stingy at home, stingy abroad.

Which nation does the most to help improve the quality of life in developing countries? Not the US, that's for sure. In line with it failure to spend on social programs — or anything except military programs and corporate welfare, for that matter — Dubya's administration has taken the US almost to the bottom of the Commitment to Development Index. Released annually by the Center for Global Development, the index ranks the world's 21 richest countries by what they're doing to fight the poverty in the world. On the newest list, only Japan ranks lower than the US.


Graph of 2005 Commitment to Development Index

[Graphic: BBC; Source: Center for Global Development]


[D]espite the US giving the largest amount of aid that donation was the smallest in relation to the size of its economy.

The CGD added that a lot of the money was also contingent on the purchase of US goods, and so was in fact a "backdoor subsidy for American interests".

America was also criticised for its handling of aid in Iraq with the CGD claiming that 90 cents in every dollar was lost to violence and corruption.

You can read more about the Commitment to Development Index here. There's a PDF file with more information about the 2005 index here.

Via BBC News.

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