A third Gold medal deserved? Some critical comments on the Commitment to Development Index

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Published on November 2, 2007

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Comments by Paul Hoebink (CIDIN, University of Nijmegen) on the presentation by David Roodman (Centre for Global Development) at the CDI Briefing Session in The Hague, 2 November 2007

Paul Hoebink CIDIN, University of Nijmegen A third Gold medal deserved? Some critical comments on the Commitment to Development Index

A third gold medal with a 6,7 (down from 6.8 in 2003), but in a better CDI than the first A third Gold medal deserved?

Aid Trade Investment Migration Environment Security Technology Components

Aid

Trade

Investment

Migration

Environment

Security

Technology

Aid In general rewards well deserved. Questions on: Untying: DAC statistics reliable? Back flow would be a better yard stick Selectivity: burden sharing, task division; negative rewards for China?

In general rewards well deserved. Questions on:

Untying: DAC statistics reliable? Back flow would be a better yard stick

Selectivity: burden sharing, task division; negative rewards for China?

Trade Serious doubts about the rewards: Low tariffs: on what? Tariff escalation more important? Low subsidies for farmers? Take another angle: food security, environment, rural areas, but not spoiling markets High imports from developing countries? Dependable on position in specific markets: development friendliness? Position taken by MS in European trade negotiations should be most important but difficult to measure

Serious doubts about the rewards:

Low tariffs: on what? Tariff escalation more important?

Low subsidies for farmers? Take another angle: food security, environment, rural areas, but not spoiling markets

High imports from developing countries? Dependable on position in specific markets: development friendliness?

Position taken by MS in European trade negotiations should be most important but difficult to measure

Investment Here the strongest reservations: International investments tell something about the internationalisation of an economy but nothing on development friendliness Investment promotion instruments are a form of aid tying Tax measures could also include or promote the creation of a tax haven Of importance: Corporate Social Responsibility: bribery convention, labour and environmental standards, promotion of fair trade

Here the strongest reservations:

International investments tell something about the internationalisation of an economy but nothing on development friendliness

Investment promotion instruments are a form of aid tying

Tax measures could also include or promote the creation of a tax haven

Of importance: Corporate Social Responsibility: bribery convention, labour and environmental standards, promotion of fair trade

Migration Short comment: Austria and Switzerland at the top? Measures against brain drain to be included? Easy access for student from developing countries instead of percentage? Aid to refugees and asylum-seekers: this could also be seen as spoiling the budget

Short comment:

Austria and Switzerland at the top?

Measures against brain drain to be included?

Easy access for student from developing countries instead of percentage?

Aid to refugees and asylum-seekers: this could also be seen as spoiling the budget

Environment Comments: Low greenhouse gas emissions, falling emissions/GDP, High gas taxes: what does this tell about development friendliness? It tells something about environmental policies …. Low fishing subsidies: no : position in negotiations on fisheries agreements Low or only certified tropical timber imports Plus: Environmental standards promotion

Comments:

Low greenhouse gas emissions, falling emissions/GDP, High gas taxes: what does this tell about development friendliness? It tells something about environmental policies ….

Low fishing subsidies: no : position in negotiations on fisheries agreements

Low or only certified tropical timber imports

Plus: Environmental standards promotion

Security No deep going comments

No deep going comments

Technology Again: what does this say on development friendliness: Public spending on R&D in specific sectors (e.g. tropical diseases, tropical agriculture, energy sources) Tax breaks for R&D: ???

Again: what does this say on development friendliness:

Public spending on R&D in specific sectors (e.g. tropical diseases, tropical agriculture, energy sources)

Tax breaks for R&D: ???

Conclusion: The Netherlands might even rise in the quality of its development assistance and also on trade, but might loose in some of the other fields (investment, migration) A third Gold medal deserved?

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