Gallup has released a new report detailing the most and least generous countries worldwide. The research was carried out across 146 countries and examined volunteerism and charitable giving. 88 percent of people in Myanmar made a donation to charity in the past month, the highest rate worldwide.
In Myanmar and other Asian countries, high levels of donation are primarily due to the influence of Theravada Buddhists practising Sangha Dana and the belief that what people do in this life improves their chances of the next life being a better one. In the countries least likely to donate to charity, generosity probably is not a factor. Most of the nations of Gallup’s list have high rates of poverty and a lack of disposable income which makes charity giving practically impossible. Yemen, which is ravaged by conflict and facing a devastating famine, is a notable example of a country where charity giving is far from people’s minds.
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