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The  Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) examine governance and policymaking in the 31 OECD member states in order to evaluate each country’s need for and ability to carry out reform. Similar to the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI), the SGI are divided into a Status Index and Management Index, which are calculated using quantitative data from international organizations and then supplemented by qualitative assessments from recognized country experts. The latest release of the SGI, which are updated every two years, took place in March 2011.

Project duration: Launched in April 2006

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young and old hand Gütersloh - 11/04/2013

Considerable Deficits in Intergenerational Justice

Most OECD states maintain their wealth and prosperity at the expense of their children and succeeding generations. They are thus endangering not only their own future but are also acting unfairly towards their own descendants. Those are just some of the findings from an international study carried out by the Bertelsmann Stiftung on intergenerational justice in 29 OECD member states.

The five BRICS countries on a world map Guetersloh / Durban / South Africa - 20/03/2013

South Africa less attractive as a role model

About to serve as host for the BRICS summit, South Africa is experiencing problems in key areas such as education, health, social inclusion and unemployment – and thus cannot be considered one of the African continent's leading nations. Those are the findings of a comparative study of BRICS members carried out by the Bertelsmann Stiftung.



SGI Codebook 2014

SGI 2011 Broschure

Codebook SGI 20111

Welcome to the Sustainable Governance Indicators 2011 (SGI), a survey of sustainable policy performance and governance capacities in the OECD world (www.sgi-network.org).

Our goal is to assess sustainable policy performance by analyzing outcomes in key policy areas and strategic capacities of governments.

This codebook is intended to ensure a common understanding of SGI methodology and the assessment procedures.

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