Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nepal is 40th in Civic Engagement

Nepal ranked 40th among 130 countries which commit itself maximum to the of its community. This came anfter a survey conducted by a US-based company 'Gallup Organization' conducted a survey in 2009 and 2010. The survey measured individuals’ likelihood to volunteer their time and assistance to others.
Sri Lanka has become the leader in Asia for standing by its citizen. Sri Lanka is on the 8th place out of 130 countries. India is on the 48th and Pakistan on the 27th in the Gallup Poll of civic engagement.
The United States topped with 60 percent followed by Ireland with the same score and Australia in the third place with 59 percent.
In general, the Gallup poll showed people with high civic engagement are positive about the communities where they live and actively give back to them. Data from 130 countries show that, in general, adults in developed countries are much more likely to be civically engaged than those in the developing world, the noted US public opinion research agency said.
Respondents, it said were asked whether they have done any of the following in the past month: donated money to a charity, volunteered time to an organization, or helped a stranger or someone they didn't know who needed help.
People are much more likely to either say they have helped a stranger in need or donated money in the past month than they are to say they volunteered their time to an organization, the poll found.
While the most civically engaged countries are primarily in the developed world, the level of participation in each activity the index measures varies significantly among countries, it said.
For example, 83 percent of Thais say they donated money to charity in the past month, among the highest levels in the world. However, 16 percent say they volunteered their time.
Conversely, Americans are much less likely than Thais to say they donated money, but Americans are among the most likely in the world to say they volunteered their time.

(2011 January 18)

Freedom in the world 2011

On January 13, 2011, Freedom House released its findings from the latest edition of Freedom in the World, the annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties. According to the survey’s findings, 2010 was the fifth consecutive year in which global freedom suffered a decline—the longest period of setbacks for freedom in the nearly 40-year history of the report.

These declines threaten gains dating to the post–Cold War era in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the former Soviet bloc. The latest survey hightlights the increasing truculence of the world’s most powerful authoritarian regimes, which has coincided with a growing inability or unwillingness on the part of the world’s democracies to meet the authoritarian challenge.

In ASEAN, Singapore is ranked as Partly Free along with Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Some other countries also ranked Partly Free include Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

ASEAN countries ranked Not Free are Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and, of course, Burma.

Only one country in ASEAN is Free, and that is Indonesia.

ASIAN countries that are Free are Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India and Mongolia.

Click here for full report.