The survey ranks countries in seven main categories according to their contribution to science and technology, culture, international peace and security, world order, the planet and climate, prosperity and equality and health and well-being of humanity.
Qatar was ranked 110th overall, with highest score (50th) in International peace and Security category, due mainly to country’s tight internet security and low arms exports. The overall ranking was dragged down by 112th place in Science and Technology (measuring the number of international students, journal exports, international publications, Nobel prize winners and patents) and 118th place in World Order (measuring charity giving, refugees hosted and created, population growth and UN treaties signed).
Qatar was ranked 68th in Prosperity and Equality(measuring open trading, UN volunteers abroad, fair trade market size, FDI outflows and development assistance), 78th in Health and Wellbeing (measuring food aid, pharmaceutical exports, voluntary excess donations to the WHO, humanitarian aid and drug seizures, 81st in Planet and Climate (measuring biocapacity reserve, hazardous waste exports, organic water pollutant emissions, CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gasses) and 95th in Culture (measuring creative goods and services exports, UNESCO dues in arrears and visa restrictions).
As for the sub-categories, Qatar scored very high in charity giving, food aid, organic water pollutant emissions (the lower the emissions, the higher the score); and very low in biocapacity reserves, international publications, refugees hosted, population growth (low growth-higher points), patents and UN treaties signed. Creative goods exports and press freedom were deeply under global average as well.
A war at home doesn’t rule out contributing to world peace
The listing was prepared by Simon Anholt, a policy advisor on developing strategies for economic, political and cultural engagement with other countries and Robert Govers, a place branding advisor for national, regional and city government administrations and a visiting scholar at multiple schools and institutes around the world, including Dubai. ‘The idea of the Good Country Index is pretty simple: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organisations, we’ve given each country a balance-sheet to show at a glance whether it’s a net creditor to mankind, a burden on the planet, or something in between,’ explains Anholt on the project’s website.
What the The Good Country Index does not measure, is equally important for readers’ understanding of the listing, as what it does. Namely, what countries do at home. This is why a country with traditionally low ranking in surveys dedicated to the issue of human rights, for example, may be quite a decent ‘good-doer’ when it comes to the world in general and a country with the armed conflict at home, can still contribute positively to world peace. Anholt says there are plenty of surveys that cover countries internally, and points out that he and Govers are not making any moral judgments about countries. What they’re aiming for is to start a global discussion about how countries can balance their duty to their own citizens with their responsibility to the wider world and encourage a debate about what countries are really for in this day and age.