Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2014 Released


February 12, 2014


The Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) 2014 was released today, ranking 129 developing and transition countries’ progress in consolidating democracy, economic development and political management.

The Index is published every two years by Bertelsmann Stiftung (The Bertelsmann Foundation), which compiles nearly 7,000 individual evaluations to assess policymaking and political transformations in the 129 countries studied. The evaluations are compiled by 250 experts and scientists to identify and highlight long-term trends that contribute to successful political and economic development around the world.

According to the BTI 2014 press release, “poverty and inequality remain structurally engrained in more than half of all countries analyzed. In reaction to these developments, a better-networked and more self-confident civil society is increasing its resistance to mismanagement, autocratic trends and corruption.”

Uruguay, last year’s “Country of the Year” and the top-ranked country in the 2013 AQ Social Inclusion Index, led the BTI 2014’s ranking on political transformation—followed by Estonia and Taiwan. Costa Rica (tied for 6th) and Chile (9th) also appeared in the top ten for political transformation.

Taiwan ranked first for economic transformation in the BTI 2014, with Uruguay (tied for 7th) and Chile (10th) in the top ten for economic transformation.  Taiwan also led the management ranking, with Uruguay runner-up, followed by Brazil (3rd) and Chile (5th).

The lowest-ranking countries in all categories included Somalia, Eritrea, North Korea, Syria and Myanmar.

To view the country reports and complete BTI Report 2014, click here.

View a multimedia journalism project by the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle based on the BTI 2014.

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