The Act of Giving: what makes Myanmar so charitable?

With Myanmar being named in the ‘World Giving Index’ as the most generous country in the world, this article, appearing in the Myanmar Times, suggests the possible reasons for its charitable status:

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The Act of Giving

‘The World Giving Index, published annually by the British Charities Aid Foundation, aims to describe which countries have the most charitable behaviour – and, by doing so to encourage donations to charities around the world. In 2014 Myanmar tied with the USA as the highest-ranked country for generous behaviour. Given the economic disparities between those two nations, we might be surprised at that pairing – but perhaps not, when we consider how devoutly religious Myanmar is. But why, out of all Buddhist countries, is Myanmar considered the most benevolent? And considering that most religions promote charitable offerings, what is distinctive about Myanmar’s Buddhist attitude toward charitable behaviour that pushes it to the top?’

One thought on “The Act of Giving: what makes Myanmar so charitable?

  1. The practice of Yadaya (when Generals execute charitable deeds such as building pagodas) may also have been counted in as generosity. Just wonder such are true and pure charities? May be debatable.

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