The World's Top Ten Most Generous Countries

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The World's Top Ten Most Generous Countries

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:42 pm

Which country is the most generous in the world?

1 Myanmar 70%
2 United States 61%
3 Australia 60%
4 New Zealand 59%
5 Sri Lanka 57%
6 Canada 56%
7 Indonesia 56%
8 United Kingdom 54%
9 Ireland 54%
10 United Arab Emirates 53%
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Postby lyndon taylor » Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:03 pm

I think it rather suspicious that in a BBC article, 6 English speaking countries make it into the top ten, Is there something inherently generous about speaking English????
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Postby Zom » Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:38 pm

Thailand is probably №0 in the list with 90% score 8-) :D

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Postby ryanM » Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:10 am

CAF World Giving Index 2016 wrote:A 24 percentage point drop in score sees Thailand, which was in second place last year, drop out of the
Top 10 for the first time since the World Giving Index was launched. It now ranks twelfth.
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Postby shaunc » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:07 am

lyndon taylor wrote:I think it rather suspicious that in a BBC article, 6 English speaking countries make it into the top ten, Is there something inherently generous about speaking English????


Not really. The English speaking countries probably have more disposable income and therefore are able to be more generous.

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Postby Dhammanando » Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:42 pm

lyndon taylor wrote:I think it rather suspicious that in a BBC article, 6 English speaking countries make it into the top ten,


But the BBC is merely the messenger here. The data’s source is the Charities Aid Foundation. Search Google News for “CAF World Giving Index 2016” and you’ll have the pleasure of reading exactly the same news item in any of several dozen languages.

The report itself can also be downloaded from the CAF website:

https://www.cafonline.org/about-us/publications/2016-publications/caf-world-giving-index-2016


lyndon taylor wrote:Is there something inherently generous about speaking English????


I wouldn’t have thought so.

It may nonetheless be of some tangential interest to note that among the first written languages of the Germanic family, Old English does have the distinction of expressing the earliest recorded praise for the virtue of generosity. It’s contained in a collection of 9th century kennings illustrating the meaning of the Anglo-Saxon runes. Of the runes ᚠ (feoh, ‘wealth’, = F) and ᚷ (gyfu, ‘gift’, = G) it is said:



    Feoh byþ frofur fira gehwylcum;
    sceal ðeah manna gehwylc miclun hyt dælan
    gif he wile for drihtne domes hleotan.


    Gyfu gumena byþ gleng and herenys,
    wraþu and wyrþscype and wræcna gehwam
    ar and ætwist, ðe byþ oþra leas.


    “Wealth is a comfort to every man,
    Yet every man must share it mightily
    If   he wishes to meet the Measurer’s mercy.”

    “Generosity is the grace and praise of men,
    and warmth and worthship to all exiles:
    sustenance for him who is stripped of all else.”

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:01 pm

Dhammanando wrote:
lyndon taylor wrote:I think it rather suspicious that in a BBC article, 6 English speaking countries make it into the top ten,


But the BBC is merely the messenger here. The data’s source is the Charities Aid Foundation. Search Google News for “CAF World Giving Index 2016” and you’ll have the pleasure of reading exactly the same news item in any of several dozen languages.

The report itself can also be downloaded from the CAF website:

https://www.cafonline.org/about-us/publications/2016-publications/caf-world-giving-index-2016


lyndon taylor wrote:Is there something inherently generous about speaking English????


I wouldn’t have thought so.

It may nonetheless be of some tangential interest to note that among the first written languages of the Germanic family, Old English does have the distinction of expressing the earliest recorded praise for the virtue of generosity. It’s contained in a collection of 9th century kennings illustrating the meaning of the Anglo-Saxon runes. Of the runes ᚠ (feoh, ‘wealth’, = F) and ᚷ (gyfu, ‘gift’, = G) it is said:



    Feoh byþ frofur fira gehwylcum;
    sceal ðeah manna gehwylc miclun hyt dælan
    gif he wile for drihtne domes hleotan.


    Gyfu gumena byþ gleng and herenys,
    wraþu and wyrþscype and wræcna gehwam
    ar and ætwist, ðe byþ oþra leas.


    “Wealth is a comfort to every man,
    Yet every man must share it mightily
    If   he wishes to meet the Measurer’s mercy.”

    “Generosity is the grace and praise of men,
    and warmth and worthship to all exiles:
    sustenance for him who is stripped of all else.”


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Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:57 pm

It appears the study is measuring what percentage of population gave to charity. English speaking countries tend to be well-off economically and well-developed. It is easier to give when you have the means to give, but if you are in need and more often the recipient of charity, then the numbers will be low.

Perhaps the study could have looked at what the typical or average donation is by nation and then compare that to the average annual income.

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Postby Dhammanando » Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:37 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:It appears the study is measuring what percentage of population gave to charity.


That's one of the criteria, but there are two others: rendering assistance to a stranger and being engaged in full-time voluntary work. The top and bottom ten in each group...

Most generous in helping a stranger

Iraq 81
State of Libya 79
Kuwait 78
Somalia 77
United Arab Emirates 75
Malawi 74
Botswana 73
Sierra Leone 73
United States of America 73
Saudi Arabia 73

Least generous

Latvia 33
Slovakia 32
Paraguay 32
Czech Republic 31
Croatia 30
Serbia 28
Madagascar 28
Japan 25
Cambodia 25
China 24

Most generous in donating money

Myanmar 91
Indonesia 75
Australia 73
Malta 73
New Zealand 71
Iceland 70
United Kingdom 69
Norway 67
Netherlands 66
Ireland 66

Least generous

Greece 9
Senegal 9
Palestinian Territories 8
Togo 8
Democratic Republic of Congo 8
Zimbabwe 8
Tunisia 6
China 6
Yemen 5
Morocco 4

Most generous in full-time voluntary work

Turkmenistan 60
Myanmar 55
Indonesia 50
Sri Lanka 49
United States of America 46
New Zealand 44
Philippines 42
Kenya 42
Honduras 41
Ireland 40

Least generous

Cote d'Ivoire 7
Macedonia 7
Romania 7
Bulgaria 7
Yemen 6
Armenia 6
Serbia 5
China 4
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4
Egypt 4

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Re: The World's Top Ten Most Generous Countries

Postby SarathW » Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:24 pm

I like to know the answers to these question from your experience.
I know many of your experience is limited as you all have not travel to many countries.
But just give a go.

This is my take.

Most generous in helping a stranger: Japan



Least generous helping a stranger: UK


Most generous in donating money. Sri Lanka.



Least generous in donation.: I think it is USA



Most generous in full-time voluntary work.: Sri Lanka


Least generous: Don't know.
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Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:11 pm

SarathW wrote:Least generous in donation.: I think it is USA


Actually the study placed the U.S. high in generosity, including in donations and helping a stranger.

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Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:12 pm

Some of the least generous countries appear to be those with lower religiosity (degree of religious people, attending churches, mosques, temples). I wonder if the researchers noted any significance there.

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Postby shaunc » Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:42 am

China makes the top 10 least generous in all 3 categories.

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Postby The Thinker » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:52 am

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Which country is the most generous in the world?

1 Myanmar 70%
2 United States 61%
3 Australia 60%
4 New Zealand 59%
5 Sri Lanka 57%
6 Canada 56%
7 Indonesia 56%
8 United Kingdom 54%
9 Ireland 54%
10 United Arab Emirates 53%



More meaningless propaganda, putting The United States 2nd is of no surprise, no mention that the United States fully endorses homelessness(closes eyes) and some states forbid people giving to those homeless. America is not a model of a society I wish to hand down to my children.

Do they give tax payers money away? or is it profits from Arms deals etc?
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Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:06 am

The Thinker wrote:More meaningless propaganda.

Unlikely, given that the CAF is UK based. If Buddhists encourage others to give, is it just meaningless propaganda too?

Here is something about CAF and their methodology from their own site.

Methodology

The World Giving Index is primarily based upon data from Gallup’s World View World Poll, which is an ongoing research project carried out in more than 140 countries in 2015 that together represent around 96% of the world’s population (around 5.1 billion people). The survey asks questions on many different aspects of life today including giving behaviour. The countries surveyed and questions asked in each region varies from year to year and is determined by Gallup. More detail on Gallup’s methodology can be viewed online.

About CAF

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is a leading international charity registered in the United Kingdom, with a presence in nine countries covering six continents. Its mission is to motivate society to give ever more effectively and help transform lives and communities around the world. We do this by working globally to increase the flow of funds to the charity and non-profit sectors through the provision of philanthropy advice and services.
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Postby The Thinker » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:15 am

Stats more stats and lies? who is funding them, would it be governments ?
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Postby The Thinker » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:28 am

I was born in 1965, since childhood I have been informed by charities and music festivals and movements of charities and governments,how many millions possibly billions that have been given or raised for worthy causes etc. My point is if that money had have been invested properly, then cities could have been built, new forests even pastures potentially. Yet all we get is yearly expensive adverts on telly for oxfam and such like organisations.
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Postby SarathW » Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:59 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:
SarathW wrote:Least generous in donation.: I think it is USA


Actually the study placed the U.S. high in generosity, including in donations and helping a stranger.


I think it is not fair to stereotyping people based on a country.
These surveys are biased and rigged.
These surveys are more political or are marketing exercises.
Many people will not give charities to large organisations who spend 90% on their administration.
Some people use charities as a tax avoidance schemes.
Many people give and help in a more silent ways.
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Re: The World's Top Ten Most Generous Countries

Postby Stiphan » Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:04 pm

I am not at all surprised to read the statistics about Bulgaria and Greece being among the bottom of generous countries! No one gives you anything there unless they are a kind-hearted relative or a very good friend... Then again Bulgarians are pretty poor, and Greece has been in an economical crisis, but still.


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