Friday, January 07, 2005

Giving ... by the Numbers

I was curious how the top giving countries to the tsunami looked when baseline against each other. The numbers may reveal nothing, as they're not entirely comprehensive -- or so critics would argue and poke holes at what is revealed. They are indicative however, that the rich horde their wealth and hardly part with it to help the poor. I won't comment much more on the interpretation of the numbers -- I'll just leave them for now and see what reaction I get.
 
 AustraliaGermanyJapanUSABritain
Promise$939M$828M$614M$430M$117M
per Person$47.15$10.05$4.82$1.47$1.94
% GDP0.160.040.020.010.00
Foreign Aid % GDP0.160.250.200.060.27
 
 SwedenSpainCanadaChinaFrance
Promise$92M$82M$80M$73M$69M
per Person$10.24$2.04$2.25$0.06$1.14
% GDP0.040.010.000.000.00
Foreign Aid % GDP0.710.150.14n/a0.34
  • The contribution amounts are as reported by CBC News, and are in Canadian dollars. The amounts represent the dollar amount promised, pledged or already donated by those countries. It does not include contributions made by non-governmental agencies or individual donors within those countries, nor does it include contributions via the loan of military equipment or personnel.
  • The population data are as reported by the CIA World Factbook.
  • The GDP values used are those reported by the CIA World Factbook, where the GDP dollar estimates are derived from purchasing power parity rather than official currency exchange rates. For a more realistic number, consult the data collected by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  • The amount of foreign aid used in the calculations are based on those reported by the CIA World Factbook. It represents the amount of money given as official development assistance as reported to the OECD. It doesn't include any additional money that may have been given via other official flows.
  • The 0.00 percentages above indicates these countries are below 0.01 percent.
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