Robert Schwarz

Robert Schwarz is Senior Project Manager of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI).

Die letzten Beiträge

A Divided Continent

© / Africa is deeply polarized between political and economic extremes. Some of the clouds on the horizon may prove to have silver linings. The African Union has a key role to play in transforming the region into a continent of opportunity. At the 32nd Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis […]

Scoring with Free Elections and Civil Rights

#DemocracyWorldCup For the first time since the end of the Cold War, an autocracy hosts the World Cup. Reason enough for us to uphold values such as inclusion, participation and fair play not only on the pitch but also in society as a whole. Because football and democracy have much more in common than it […]

BTI Publication Triggers Fruitful Debates in Many Countries

Shutterstock / Alex Staroseltsev The Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2018 met with a considerable response in the media in the first weeks following its publication. Most of the reactions were positive and substantive. The worrying findings of the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) 2018 on the state of democracy in developing countries and emerging economies did have […]

Do Strongmen Govern Better?

Putin meets Xi. Photo by, CC BY 4.0, In many developing and transition countries, people are looking for simple solutions and flirt with authoritarianism. This trend will have dire consequences because autocracies are hopelessly inferior to democracies in the long term. Within just a few days, the leaders of the two most influential […]

Peaceful Olympics amid Thawing Tensions

Olympic flag and South Korean flag. Photo by Anja Johnson via Wikimedia Commons. On 9 February the Pyeongchang Olympics will be opened. This means that South Korea will be the first country examined by the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) to host both summer and winter games. We fact-check the 2018 Olympics through the looking glass […]

For a Comprehensive and Credible Governance Measurement in the SDGs

Effects of Good Government in the city, Painting by Ambrogio Lorenzetti/Google Art Project, via, public domain What is the significance of good governance in national reporting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? And are the UN member states prepared to use independent governance indicators in their reports? Representatives of governments, civil society and the private […]