Where are the world's most important countries?

If we take our information about the world from the news, we are likely to have a distorted understanding of the state of the world. This is because stories are not normally covered in proportion to their importance or scale. One dramatic death may receive more coverage than 1.2 million child deaths in India.

We created an interactive map to rank countries, according to some of the criteria by which the "world's most important countries" might be judged. You can see how well they match up with the top aid recipients.

This map aims to highlight some of countries that journalists, politicians, policymakers, international development professionals and campaigners, and the wider public may wish to pay more attention to.

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