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How Much Do Rich Countries Help Poor Ones?

The Center for Global Development has just released its 2010 Commitment to Development Index: “Rich and poor nations are linked in many ways-by foreign aid, commerce, the environment, and more. Each year, the CDI rates rich-country governments on how much they are helping poor countries via seven key linkages: aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security, and technology.” The scores are adjusted for size. Sweden is the big giver of the bunch (lots of aid), although the U.S. fares better than expected thanks to its outsized trade and security contributions. South Korea does the least for poor countries, although France, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and Japan all score below average. [%comments]