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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dictator's friends China and India worst givers to charity

Australia and New Zealand top 'World Giving Index'
By Emily Buchanan BBC world affairs correspondent

The survey was conducted in 153 countries around the globe

The happier people are, the more likely they are to give time or money to charity, the largest ever study into global charitable behaviour suggests.

The survey - conducted by the UK's Charities Aid Foundation - suggests that well-being is a more reliable indicator of philanthropy than wealth.

The survey took place in 153 countries, covering 95% of the world's population.

The "World Giving Index" placed Australia and New Zealand joint top, with the US in fifth and the UK eighth.

The index aims to analyse global generosity in giving money, time as a volunteer or helping a stranger.

Researchers from Gallup found that predictably some of the richer countries with strong histories of philanthropy come out top, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Republic of Ireland.

Bucking the trend

What was more surprising was that near the top too are poorer countries like Sri Lanka, Guyana and Turkmenistan, but they also registered high levels of contentment.


1. Australia, New Zealand
3. Canada, Ireland
5. Switzerland, USA
7. Netherlands
8. United Kingdom, Sri Lanka
10. Austria

Source: Charities Aid Foundation

The people of Turkmenistan are apparently the most generous in the world with their time, while Liberia tops the list for helping a stranger.

Sierra Leone is also high on the overall giving index, but contradicts the trend, with its people registering the lowest well-being score in the world.

The authors of the report acknowledge that there are exceptions which are not always easy to explain.
They are also keen not to offend and make a point of saying all countries give to charity in different way.
The countries near the bottom of the list include Greece, India and China.

Richard Harrison, the charity's director of research, says one reason may be to do with the proportion of the population who give.

"An important factor is whether the culture of giving has reached the man in the street, in some fast-developing countries it may be just rich individuals who are the main charitable donors. So they register a low score when a cross-section of the population is surveyed," he says.

The Charitable Aid Foundation, which was set up to foster a culture of giving, argues that the research will help governments around the world do more to encourage all of their population to be more philanthropic - whether through tax incentives or closer community cohesion.

The idea is to promote giving and create a positive cycle in which society improves, people become happier and are therefore willing to give more.

Picture: Aid to children. Reuters


sara'ssista said...

so lets make it really clear for the thickies. This not about the amount of money , this about those who even bother to donate, And of course Aus and Nz should be proud.

mark manning said...

How can these thieves even begin to understand the concept of charity ?
They have to give their hearts to God 1st.

Anonymous said...

Now there's an idea!

Frank & Co should register themselves as charities - give legitimacy to their thieving.

Joe said...

How can you people rubbish India like that? Indians gave $2M to Chaudhary in one single donation, supposedly incognito though.

Jekesoni Saumaki said...

Iam raelly disappointed at some comments made in here, but the facts are facts yes, and frank has to learn, but again how could you not include china who gives abundtly.....all the trash to fiji making fiji her dumping place, good on yoy komai na vekelevu kei voreceke. Sa qai laurdina mai se o cei dau soli ka ni loloma, Thank you Aust and NZ you should be proud of yourselves. You frank should be ashamed for adopting the look north policy.
Nanuma sara na serekali me baleti ira na mata dre qo....nodrai sala na kuroni ti, ra matadre ka ra qai mamaqi.