World Bank Country Classifications

Policy of the Board of Directors

Sigma Theta Tau International is committed to the development of scholarship and professional excellence for members and chapters globally. To ensure this development, the organization believes in active involvement of members and chapters in an economically equitable and culturally sensitive manner.

Accordingly, individual members who reside and chapters which operate outside the U.S. are assessed annual dues on a sliding ​​scale that is anchored in the World Bank classifications based on per capita income.

This policy applies to any inducted member, who regardless of national origin, resides outside the U.S.; any inducted member whose permanent residence is outside the U.S. but who is temporarily residing in the U.S.; and chapters and their members who are operating outside the U.S.

This policy will be evaluated biennially by the Sigma Theta Tau International Board of Directors as to financial implications for the organization and effectiveness of the guideline implementation process.

Introduction
Sigma Theta Tau International is privileged to have nurse scholar and leader members in more than 90 countries and territories outside the United States.

The Society’s commitment to being truly international in scope is demonstrated in several initiatives. These include the sponsorship of international research conferences that attract international participants, the establishment of guidelines for the induction of international nurse leaders, publications that reflect the international orientation of the Society, the development of the Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library that is both accessible and useful to nurses worldwide, and surveys to identify the needs of members located outside North America.

The Society’s interest in chapter and member development outside North America is reflected in the June 1989 "Statement on the Policy Implications of Sigma Theta Tau Becoming International in Scope," which states that the approach to international chapter development should be one of responsiveness. Thus, the establishment of a society chapter by nursing leaders outside North America is a collaborative effort.

Given the emerging prominence of the nursing profession worldwide and the role of Sigma Theta Tau International in facilitating the international exchange of nursing knowledge, the Society continues to increase its interest in the establishment of chapters outside North America. While international chapter development brings richness and diversity to the organization, it also poses challenges.

World Bank Country Categories by Income

LOW*

Afghanistan
Benin
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Central African Rep.

Chad
Comoros
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gambia, The
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Korea, Dem. Rep
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mozambique
Nepal
Niger
Rwanda
Sierra Leone

Somalia
South Sudan
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zimbabwe


MIDDLE*

Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Angola
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia&
Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
China
Colombia
Congo, Rep.
Costa Rica

Côte d'Ivoire
Cuba
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt, Arab Rep.
El Salvador
Fiji
Gabon
Georgia
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Iran, Islamic Rep.
Iraq
Jamaica

Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kyrgyz Republic
Lao PDR
Lebanon
Lesotho
Libya
Macedonia, FYR
Malaysia
Maldives
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Myanmar
Nambia
Nicaragua

Nigeria
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Romania
Samoa
São Tomé& Principe
Senegal
Serbia
Soloman Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & the
Grenadines

Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Syrian Arab Republic
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Viet Nam
West Bank &Gaza
Yemen, Rep.
Zambia


HIGH*

Andorra
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Bahamas, The
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Bermuda
Brunei Darussalam Canada
Cayman Islands
Channel Islands
Chile
Croatia

Curacao
Cyprus
CzechRepublic
Denmark
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
Faeroe Islands
Finland
France
French Polynesia
Germany
Greece
Greenland
Guam
Hong Kong, China
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Isle of Man

Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea, Rep.
Kuwait
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao, China
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Northern. Mariana Islands
Norway

Oman
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Russian Fed.
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Martin/Sint Maarten
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovak Rep.
Slovinia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

Taiwan
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Venezuela, RB
Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Updated July 2015 based on Country GNI for 2010 per World Bank; effective until July 2016.

 

 

 

 

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