Posted on September 14th, 2010


The people of Sri Lanka are the most generous charitable donors throughout the whole of Asia, according to the largest study ever carried out into charitable behaviours across the globe.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has described the report’s findings as being “an honour for each and every Sri Lankan citizen.”

The “World Giving Index”, produced by the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation surveyed the charitable behaviour of people in 153 countries, representing 95 per cent of the world’s population.

The Asian number one spot for Sri Lanka was based on a major global survey by the independent research company Gallup which measured the percentage of people who have given money to charity, the number of people who have given time to those less fortunate than themselves, and those who helped a stranger.

In the index’s global league table, Sri Lanka ranked as eighth most charitable country in the world, and came second globally only to Turkmenistan as the country where people volunteered their time for good causes.

Dr John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “The level of giving in a country indicates something about the strength of civil society.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

“In an international report it is important to recognise both giving of time as well as money since a simple measure of financial donations would, on the whole, make the wealthiest nations appear the most charitable.”

The in-depth analysis cites Sri Lanka as a “positive” in Asia and states that more than half of the country’s population volunteers on a charitable basis.

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa said:
“This report’s conclusions are an honour for each and every citizen of Sri Lanka. The conflict that brought suffering to all families is mercifully now behind us and this global survey by such a respected body captures the mood and reality of our caring and sharing society.

“We are building a single united nation with a bright future ahead of us and whilst this is not without obstacles this new report fills me with encouragement that we will nurture peace and harmony, particularly by helping each other to move to the future together. This is in keeping with our tradition of being a caring and sharing society”.

Australia and New Zealand topped the “World Giving Index”, Malta was found to be the country with the largest percentage of the population giving money, the people of Turkmenistan are the most generous with giving time to charity work – just ahead of Sri Lanka – and Liberia was the number one country for helping a stranger.

The regional winners were, Asia – Sri Lanka, Europe – Ireland, North America – Canada, South America – Guyana, Africa – Sierra Leone with Australia and New Zealand sharing the Australasia mantle.

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