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Global Change Readiness    [Date Added : 08/09/2017 ]
The 2017 Change Readiness Index (CRI) indicates the capability of a country - its government, private and public enterprises, people and wider civil society - to anticipate, prepare for, manage, and respond to a wide range of change drivers, proactively cultivating the resulting opportunities and mitigating potential negative impacts. Examples of change include:

- shocks such as financial and social instability and natural disasters.

- political and economic opportunities and risks such as technology, competition, and changes in government.

Since 2012, the CRI has evolved to become a tool which provides information to support the work of governments, civil society institutions, businesses, and the international development community.

The index, which ranks 136 countries around the world. The top-10 countries (with change in ranking from 2015) are:

1. Switzerland (+1)
2. Sweden (+7)
3. United Arab Emirates (+2)
4. Singapore (-3)
5. Denmark (+3)
6. New Zealand (+0)
7. the Netherlands (+4)
8. Finland (+2)
9. Germany (+3)
10. United Kingdom (+3)

European countries captured seven of the top 10 places in the 2017 CRI, demonstrating strong capacity to handle the region's challenges, according to KPMG. Switzerland took the number-one ranking for the first time, replacing Singapore, which had claimed the top ranking in the 2013 and 2015 CRI.

The UK entered the top-10 for the first time, strengthening its change readiness at an especially critical time as the country prepares for Brexit. The US also significantly improved its ranking since the previous CRI, rising eight places to 12th from 20th in 2015.

In 2017, every top-ten country, with the exception of Singapore, increased its government and people & civil society capability scores over 2015. Just four of the top-20 ranked countries saw a decline in people & civil society scores, whereas 25 of the bottom 30 countries in the rankings declined in this capability.

Those countries that are most change ready have a better capacity to meet the challenges and potentially benefit from increasing migration. It is not a coincidence that countries with high CRI scores–including Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK–have greater shares of migrant population.

The 2017 index indicated that countries dependent on natural resources and export incomes faced set-backs. However, the UAE and Norway broke the pattern and displayed strong performance in the CRI.
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