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Which country does the most good for the world? | Simon Anholt


Current Good Country results:



Global Vote initiative and results:




Everything above FYI.

I like the reasoning and direction of the talk. The methodology and results are more subject to questions and nitpicking. Global vote results are also interesting though clearly not representative.


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The number of UN treaties a country signs makes a country appear higher on this list?  :o


Nice and impartial criteria I see  8) (at least it's transparent I guess)




The top in (Global Contribution) to International Peace & Security:


1) South Africa

2) Egypt

3) Uruguy

4) Moldavia

5) Tanzania

6) Burkina Faso

7) Niger

8) Tunesia

9) Togo

10) Guatemala


Not the exactly the list I would expect?

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I don't get it. The biggest gains to global well-being come from improvements inside countries that are undertaken by the countries themselves. Think China. In other words better internal governance which is the main thing a country is in control of.


Yet here we are measuring a country as good not based on what it does for its own citizens but based on how it helps other countries. Thus South Africa, a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world is supposedly a top global contributor to security. Huh? Its a freaking powder keg.


Why as a country would you focus your circle of concern on the area where you have lease influence...other countries? And why would that be a measure of goodness? It should be a measure of global stupidity. Cuba is probably the worst offender...it spends profusely to help other countries while internally it sucks.



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