This article in the Guardian takes a look at generosity around the world and reports on the study done by the Charities Aid Foundation.
The results may surprise you. Do you think ‘disposable’ wealth makes someone a better giver? Causes them to be more likely to give?
Here’s the article and data: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2010/sep/08/charitable-giving-country
Of course, some researchers and critics say that aid does not work. That it can actually hurt nations and make them more dependent.
Dambisa Moyo in the highly respected book, “ Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa” makes a strong argument.
It is also the premise of Erika Lal in her article “A Hurting Hand” here: http://www.academia.edu/1315470/A_Hurting_Hand_Why_Foreign_Aid_Does_Not_Work