A glance at three dynamic cases of democratic reform, socioeconomic development and successful political steering from the perspective of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI). President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on anti-corruption policy in Liberia. Activist Budiman Sudjatmiko on democratic institutional reforms in Indonesia. Economist Renato G. Flôres Jr. on the rise of the middle class in Brazil.