Maltese keener on charity than average Europeans

Malta citizens would prefer to make "kindness" contributions, rather than embed helpful practices into business.

Daiva Repeckaite
Daiva Repeckaite NewsMavens, Malta
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Why this story matters:

Eurobarometer has recently released its survey results on development cooperation and aid. Overall, residents Central and Eastern European countries, recipients of aid until recently, are consistently less likely to think that aid to developing countries is important - among richer countries, only ex-colonizer France is at the tail end of the graph.

Island nations Cyprus and Malta, who joined the EU at the same time as eight CEE countries, however, would particularly welcome more EU's involvement in assisting and especially reducing poverty in poorer countries.

Residents of these two countries are less excited about the prospect of their own government prioritizing these issues, though.

Four in five Maltese think that reducing poverty in other regions would benefit EU citizens and businesses, reduce irregular migration, and a similar number thinks it should be done out of a moral obligation.

The article on Malta Today focuses on another aspect of this survey -- the way individuals and other micro players can help the betterment of life in poorer countries.

Maltese involvement in charity-based approaches (donations and crowdfunding for projects) is double the EU's average, but ethical shopping, an expression of a rights-based approach, amounts to only a half.

It would be valuable to compare whether the same attitudes would be apparent in domestic issues. Intuitively it seems to be the case - charity and kindness to people who are struggling in life win people's hearts, while rights-based help is slow in taking root.

Details from the story:

  • A new Eurobarometer survey on aid has been released. It shows that two in every three Maltese residents are willing to give a financial contribution to NGOs, charities and projects in developing counties. Half already donate.
  • However, they are less likely to make ethical choices when buying products and consumer goods. While 21% of EU members make ethical choices when shopping the percentage drops to just 10% in Malta.
  • The Maltese also wouldn't mind increasing public sector expenditure on aid to developing countries.
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