Assessment Process

During the assessment and review process, a group of highly qualified young academic professionals supports us in checking the integrity and consistency of the country reports and evaluations. Judith Botte, Marlit Claussen, Robert Genthner, Lars Hebisch, Ömer Kahraman, Ariam del Roble Macias Herrera, Lennard Naumann, Maya Rollberg, Malte Schweia, Lisa Voigt and Carmen Wintergerst have provided excellent support for this process with their care and attention.

Editing and proofreading

The quality and accuracy of the language in our in-depth reports is of considerable importance for the success of the project. The ninth year in succession, translator and senior editor Barbara Serfozo and her team have taken on the daunting challenge of editing all 137 country reports and as well as regional and global reports with tireless and conscientious dedication.

The final quality check of the country reports, supported by Anna Hengge, is as irreplaceable as the meticulous care with which Josh Ward proofreads our global and regional reports. Our colleague from the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s publishing house, Christiane Raffel, coordinates the implementation with great professionalism and patience.

Visualization and communication

Thanks to the continuous commitment of Michael Westrich from the agency Bock & Gärtner, experts and journalists regularly report on political developments in developing and emerging countries on our BTI Blog.

For several editions the graphic designer Veronika Düpjohann has been working with us with her colleagues from the agency kopfstand. Her creative ideas have shaped the project’s image in all its features.

The journalist and communications consultant Jens Poggenpohl improves the clarity of our reports with his textual editing of regional and global analyses.

With the Transformation Atlas, information architect Dieter Dollacker and cartographer Dirk Waldik have provided clear and intuitive access to our data, which allows for an interactive visualization of scores and qualitative analysis. They are assiduous in their further development and improvement of the tool.

The support and commitment of our intern Hannah Kickert was decisive: in addition to her other tasks and together with Ömer Kahraman, she summarized the essence of the country reports, which number almost 2 million words in total, into 137 short overview texts for this website.