Masaki Shibutani
Sep 5 · Last update 16 days ago.
Which country is the most charitable?
September 5 is "International Day of Charity". The United Nations is making the greatest challenge to eliminate poverty. Also, UN suggests, "The Agenda also calls for a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable". With this background, I have this question. Which country has the most charitable society and how can other countries learn from this?
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Charity is not a race, unless it involves a marathon
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The United States, when comparing modern multicultural countries
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According to the World Giving Index Myanmar is the most charitable country
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Charity is not a race, unless it involves a marathon

Charity and generosity are highly variable acts that are too complex to give a number too. The questions asked by Gallup in their world poll do not give a deep enough picture about why and how people are being charitable. The World Giving Index doesn’t do enough to highlight how countries can be more charitable, and reduces the compassion of altruistic behaviour to a competition.

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The United States, when comparing modern multicultural countries

As a religious country Myanmar is the most giving, but many religions such as Buddhism and Islam have charitable elements incorporated as part of their practice. In this way Myanmar’s charitable nature is forced upon them by the prevalence of Buddhism in this country, combined with the fact that it has been a closed country until very recently. Furthermore, Myanmar’s practice of Theravada Buddhism teaches that, through reincarnation, charitable actions will gain them merit that will enhance their next life for the better. It could be argued then that other countries that are not as religious could be more genuinely altruistic as they are not expecting to gain anything from it. As a result the US, as the second place in the World Giving Index and a multicultural secular country, is arguably the most charitable.

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According to the World Giving Index Myanmar is the most charitable country

World Giving Index ranks as many countries as possible yearly, to try and determine the most charitable country in the world. Data has been gathered by US consulting company Gallup since 2005, taking 1,000-2,000 person sample from each country depending on population size. The interviews last from 30 mins to one hour and questions remain consistent in all countries surveyed. Myanmar has been ranked the most generous country consistently since 2014.

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