Reader Johannes Wilm just sent me this great chart showing Haiti donations in several countries per person affected, per citizen and in percentage of GDP:

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Sources: Wikipedia (1) | Wikipedia (2) | Wikipedia (3) | World Bank | Theodora




  1. Father says:

    The next chart should divide the per person donation by the ratio of debt-to-income. More interesting would be the per person donation to the disposable income (or savings rate).

    I have a feeling that in some countries, the US in particular, >80% of people spend all or more of their weekly income.

  2. sargasso says:

    Guyana, Norway, Canada. Bauxite, Oil, Bacon.

  3. Tyler says:

    Well done Canada.

  4. clancys_daddy says:

    UUmm we are how many trillions in debt and counting. Yet we send money overseas. Sorry I don’t give to charities of any type. Yes I am a hardass, ask the folks I work with. They say I am cynical, I tell them you say that like its a bad thing.

  5. N74JW says:

    clancys_daddy,

    I am with you on that sentiment. Charity starts at home…

  6. dusanmal says:

    Something is wrong in the data, I suspect only Governmental donations were counted. Even than, some countries donations are not appearing at all (I personally know data not appearing either in compiled overview or Wiki). That’s what you get Wiki-ing.

    Change data to include personal donations, get better source than Wiki…

  7. SparkyOne says:

    stupid me I thought I would zoom in on the chart and find entires like: CITI and GOLDMAN

  8. Crazy Smart says:

    You go Canada!

    As to the United States, STOP bitching about how much you supposedly help the world. Most of the U.S. WANTS to be the big dog. We want to be #1. Even suggesting we’re aren’t is a HUGE insult. We’re paranoid that anyone else, like China, could eclipse us. Fine. You want to be #1, you want to be the richest most powerful nation on earth? You’re not content to be a Canada or Spain, a nice but not world shaking power….fine. But if you want to be #1 then you get the responsibility that comes with it. We’re stuck with being the global cops and being out front in tragedies like this because every good-ol-boy in this country wants America to be #1 at all times in all things. So get over it, or shut up about being #1.

  9. Jägermeister says:

    #2 – sargasso

    Canada produces more oil (and bacon) than Norway.

  10. McCullough says:

    #8. Good comment and I agree….we generally treat everything like it’s some damn sporting event.

  11. qb says:

    Well done everyone who contributed (and will contribute). Please consider Doctors without Borders for your charitable contributions. They are a terrific organization and I just upped my monthly contribution.

  12. Loupe Garou says:

    #8 “So get over it, or shut up about being #1.”

    Feel better now? We ARE #1, especially if we tolerate your sophomoric crap.

  13. Bud says:

    Ya know it’s amazing how people find it trendy to jump up on the USA bashing wagon but when it comes down to brass tacks I have to say I’m really impressed with the US’s response to the disaster. Way to go US! My country’s response was great too! Way to go Canada!
    I just hope that Haiti can build from this and become a better country.

    PS – I don’t mean to leave out other nations contributions too. Thanks.

  14. Awake says:

    The charts are very misleading, because they are measuring $$$ of contribution, but not things that are less direclt measurable but may be more significant. The USA has a whole flotilla of ships (including an aircraft carrier, many US Coast Guard vessels) helping there, thousands of troops, a majority of the doctors, rescue teams, etc all making a real difference.

    Americans know this, and know what a REAL contribution they are making by supporting the efforts and costs incurred by their government in this emergency. This makes me proud of my country.

    I also separately contributed monetarily to a charity for this emergency, as ANY person that wants to consider themselves part of the human race would at least consider doing.

    As for #4 – Clancy’s Daddy… I feel real sorry for Clancy, because you sound like a real ahole (just ask the folks you work with).

  15. Canucklehead says:

    yes Canada, Guyana, and Norway are doing their bit. But the US is still the biggest actual $$ contributor.

    Always good to have the US as a friend.

  16. Jägermeister says:

    Way to go Guyana!

  17. Curly says:

    Lets see a chart that compares the amount of money tied up in bureaucracy and stolen by corrupt government, and the money actually received by those who really need it.

  18. MisterK says:

    I’m really impressed that my country, Canada (a country I constantly talk shit about) actually put their money where their heart is and really contributed. I’d love if we could do it without the US bashing. Now THAT would be really humble.

    Nice work to every individual who did their part. Everyone who is complaining about the problems at home: Our recession is not as severe as a concrete building crushing our families. Our troubled auto industries are not as troubled as tens of thousands starving in a single city. Our price of oil is not as high as the price of the greatest disaster to hit our half of the world in recorded history. As citizens of the world, let’s please get our priorities straight.

    We have been blessed with every opportunity to succeed as first world nations. We have huge tracts of arable land, immense bodies of fresh water, huge quantities of natural resources, we made use of free labour for hundreds of years… We can’t act as if our successes are all completely and directly linked to how hard we have worked. That we have ever failed at all is amazing. Let’s show some compassion and help starving people who have been oppressed, not had every opportunity, and now been hit by an unimaginable disaster.

    Again… Thank you all who have contributed. And for everyone who hasn’t, please do. $5 can buy a starbucks coffee or help save a life.

  19. Ana says:

    “Charity begins at home” is all good and well, but how many earthquakes were you homes affected by this week? If you want to be selfish, be selfish but admit that you’re a prick and don’t try to sugar coat it.

  20. Skeptic says:

    My donation is bigger than your donation.

  21. Animby says:

    What a BS chart. Breaking down aid in three ways yet none of them showing the total amount of $ spent on aid. Who were the first countries on the ground – or at least doing airdrops?

    I have worked on a bunch of major disasters and who is always there? USA, Canada, Norway, EU. In the second wave you see Israel (why weren’t they on the chart?), individual EU countries (UK, France and Netherlands), Japan, Oz. There’s usually a big, though late, entrance by Taiwan and a dribble from China and Russia.

    It really isn’t the % of GDP that matters, it’s how much of the need is met and who continues to meet the need in the future. Six months down the road when the world has forgotten about the disaster, The USA will still be helping out. So will Canada. So will the EU. Canada and Norway might be.

  22. Jägermeister says:

    #17 – LuckyPierre – Not even on the chart; this tiny nation, Israel, would probably make the rest appear shameful!

    Iceland wasn’t mentioned either, but they’ve got rescue teams in Haiti (saw it on BBC news). But keep in mind that this chart only deals with monetary contributions.

  23. Glenn says:

    Wow, looks like the US is doing very well in donations, despite Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Sarah Palin telling us we should NOT be contributing to this disaster relief. This is fantastic, and shows these “Americans” for the evil, vile, mean-spirited worthless people that they are. There just aren’t enough adjectives to describe how evil I believe Limbaugh is right now.

  24. ramuno says:

    Where is Cuba? I understand that they sent more than 430 doctors. Is this just money contributions or are they just being skipped?

  25. RTaylor says:

    Everyone understands it will take years, possible a decade to rebuild. Haiti only really exists on maps now. I do believe about a quarter of a million are dead and dying. People will continue dying until a port is open and basic infrastructure is rebuilt. About the time they start on that hurricane season will be here. The point is who got there first is irrelevant. This is a very long term commitment. We’re talking about billions of dollars in the long run.

  26. carnide says:

    Where is France????
    The charts must be rebuild.

  27. Benjamin says:

    As for #4 – “Clancy’s Daddy… I feel real sorry for Clancy, because you sound like a real ahole (just ask the folks you work with).”

    Isn’t charity better if given with a glad and willing heart? Otherwise it is worthless. Way to go, people who gave with a willing heart. As for Clancy’s Daddy, his money is his own and he can spend it how he pleases.

  28. This chart only shows monetary contributions that were registered on the corresponding Wikipedia page as of 12:14 CET on the 17th of January. Also, I accepted the 100 million by the US, although it is only a loan or an investment and not a gift the way other countries have chosen to do. This is all quite clear from the original disclaimer (which you can see on the version on my site). This is not to skew it, but because it is quite impossible to calculate what the other contributions exactly are. Countries that are not listed simply were not registered with any amount given as of the above time.

    As for the lack of a graph on the total contribution: the first graph (the green one) shows the amount given divided by 3.5 million. So the comparative length of the individual country bars is the same.

  29. clancys_daddy says:

    Yes I am a prick and an asshole I freely admit it. I also have zero credit card balance, I own my home my boat and both my vehicles. I work 40 hours a week at a job that I love doing. I pay my own bills and I take care of my own home. I disagree with health care for all, bank bailouts, welfare, food stamps, and unemployment payments. I didn’t vote for Obama. The world doesn’t owe anybody a damn thing. Bad things happen to good people everyday. How many homeless people did you pass on the street today? What did you give them? The people I work with respect me because of my abilities because I put my money were my mouth is, and don’t pretend to believe all the PC crap out in the world. They are co-workers they don’t have to be my friends. I have very very few GOOD, LOYAL, TRUSTWORTHY, friends, in stead of a butt load of sycophants. I can live (happily)with that.

  30. clancys_daddy says:

    Oh also add retirement and social security to that list as well.


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