“World Giving Index”
1. The “World Giving Index”, the largest study ever carried out into charitable behaviour across the globe has found that happier people are more likely to give money to charity than those who are wealthy
2. The “World Giving Index” used a Gallup survey on the charitable behaviour of people in 153 countries representing 95% of the world’s population.
3. The survey asked people whether they had given money to charity in the last month and to rank how happy they are with life on a scale of one to ten. The study also measured two other types of charitable behaviour alongside giving money – volunteering time and helping a stranger.
4. Australia and New Zealand topped the “World Giving Index”. Malta was found to be the country with the largest percentage of the population (83%) giving money, the people of Turkmenistan are the most generous with their time with 61% having given time to charity and Liberia was top of the list for helping a stranger (76%).
5. Canada,Ireland, Switzerland, USA, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka and Austria
are on the top of the list.
6. India has ranked 134th with only 14% of Indian giving money, 12% giving time and only 30% helping the stranger.
7. In South Asia, Sri Lanka is placed 8th, Nepal 100th, Pakistan 142nd and Bangladesh 146th in this list. War torn Afghanistan is ranked 39th just above Finland and Sweden in the list. Myanmar has ranked 22nd in the list.