World’s most giving nations
It might seem counterintuitive that a nation of 50 million with a government struggling to adopt democracy and wrestling with human rights abuses would share the top spot. But Burma has a populace who donate an inordinately high amount of their money to charity, according to the fifth annual World Giving Index released Tuesday. The survey is sponsored by ,
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titleist 915 d2, volunteering and willingness to help others as measured by whether respondents said they helped a stranger in the past month. was the only country ranked in the top 10 across all three variables.In last place overall: Yemen. There only 3 percent of the people volunteered last year.While the amount of charitable contributions dropped by roughly 1 percent from the previous year worldwide, 32 million more people volunteered in 2013 and 26 million more people helped a stranger, according to the survey.Being a wealthy country didn’t necessarily translate into being a charitable one. Only six of the countries in the index’s top 20 are members of the Group of 20 the world’s top 20 economies. Among emerging economic powers like Brazil, Russia, India and China, only in China did the percentage of people who gave money to a charity increase (from 10 to 13 percent) from last year.Giving rates were also low in nations like Italy, where the federal government has a history of taking care of citizens from cradle to grave.Burma shares the top spot because an extraordinarily high (91 percent) percentage of its respondents said they gave money to charity. Roughly 9 in 10 of its residents follow the of Buddhism, which encourages charitable giving. The survey’s researchers believe that Sri Lanka, which has a similar population, ranked No. 9 on the overall list for the same reason.Turkmenistan may be No. 95 among the world’s economies, but it is No. 1 in terms of the amount of time its citizens volunteer their time. Also scoring high for volunteering on the index are their former Soviet comrades in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.The report attributed this to their shared culture of "subbotnik" or the "giving up of a Saturday to volunteer or perform unpaid labor. was the top ranked country when it came to helping strangers. The No. 2 nation in that category was Iraq. Three out of every 4 Iraqi respondents said they helped a stranger in the past month.Hart said stranger helping is more common in countries where there is a mistrust of government or a belief that the central institutions of a country are incapable of taking care of its citizens. has continued to grow. Giving dropped in 2008 and 2009, during the early part of the country’s most recent recession, but has since rebounded. While the country might seem divided politically,
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