China Named World's Least Generous Country in 2016 Giving Index

By Tye Donaldson, October 28, 2016

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China was recently named the least generous country in the world by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) World Giving Index 2016.

CAF, which has been conducting the "generosity ranking" since 2010, surveyed 1,000 people in 140 countries for this year's edition. The index ranks each country according to the percentage of citizens engaged in charitable activities in the last month. Those activities include helping a stranger, donating money and volunteering time.

China ranked at the very bottom of the list for 2016, placing behind Palestine, Yemen, Greece and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It ranked 144th out of 145 countries in the 2015 index.

Myanmar topped the list with an overall generosity score of 70 percent. It was reported that over half the population has given their time and 63 percent to help strangers. The index went on to say that the large quantity of charity in Myanmar is credited to the practice of “Sangha Dana,” in which Buddhists donate to those living a lifestyle of monkhood. 

China named least generous country

In China, only 24 percent of people polled indicated that they helped a stranger in the last month. Conversely, eight out of ten people in Iraq had given assistance to someone they didn't know in the past month. 

Meanwhile, just six percent of poll respondents surveyed from China indicated that they had donated money or volunteered time, which put China at 138th in the entire world for those two categories. 

A look at the top 20 countries overall:

China least generous country

And here's what the bottom 20 looked like:

China Named World's Least Generous Country in 2016 World Giving Index

See the full report here.

[Images via China Daily, CAF, Outside]

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