World Giving Index

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Heat Map of the 2014 World Giving Index. Countries shaded in red achieved the highest scores and those in blue acheived the lowest.

The World Giving Index (WGI) is an annual report published by the Charities Aid Foundation, using data gathered by Gallup, and ranks over 130 countries in the world according to how charitable they are. The aim of the World Giving Index is to provide insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world.

The first edition was released in September 2010.[1] The most recent edition was published in November 2014, with Myanmar and the USA tying for first place. Canada, Ireland and New Zealand completed the top five.[2]

Methodology[edit]

This report is primarily based upon data from the Gallup World Poll, which is an ongoing research project carried out in more than 140 countries that together represent around 94% of the world’s population (around 4.96 billion people). In most countries surveyed, 1,000 questionnaires are completed by a representative sample of individuals living across the country. The coverage area is the entire country including rural areas. The sampling frame represents the entire civilian, non-institutionalised, aged 15 and older population of the entire country. In some large countries such as China and Russia samples of at least 2,000 are collected, while in a small number of countries, the poll covers 500 to 1,000 people but still features a representative sample. The survey is not conducted in a limited number of instances including where the safety of interviewing staff is threatened, scarcely populated islands in some countries, and areas that interviewers can reach only by foot, animal or small boat. [3]

In all, over 130,000 people were interviewed by Gallup in 2013 and samples are probability-based. Surveys are carried out by telephone or face-to-face depending on the country’s telephone coverage.[2]

Gallup asked people which of the following three charitable acts they had undertaken in the past month:[2]

  • donated money to an organisation?
  • volunteered time to an organisation?
  • helped a stranger, or someone they didn’t know who needed help?

World Giving Index rankings[edit]

Country 2014 rank[2] 2013 rank[4]
 Myanmar 1 2
 United States 1 1
 Canada 3 2
 Ireland 4 5
 New Zealand 5 2
 Australia 6 7
 Malaysia 7 71
 United Kingdom 7 6
 Sri Lanka 9 10
 Trinidad and Tobago 10 n/a
 Bhutan 11 n/a
 Netherlands 12 8
 Indonesia 13 17
 Iceland 14 17
 Kenya 15 33
 Malta 16 12
 Austria 17 15
 Denmark 18 25
 Iran 19 n/a
 Jamaica 20 n/a
 Nigeria 21 20
 Thailand 21 38
 Cyprus 23 24
 Turkmenistan 23 26
 Finland 25 33
 Guatemala 25 30
 Dominican Republic 27 39
 Uzbekistan 28 50
 Germany 28 22
 Philippines 30 16
 Syria 30 35
 Israel 32 31
 Mongolia 32 41
 Costa Rica 34 23
 Slovenia 34 44
 South Africa 34 69
 Tajikistan 34 64
 Uganda 34 48
 Northern Cyprus 39 n/a
 Guinea 40 74
 Haiti 40 28
 Sweden 40 39
 Iraq 43 89
   Nepal 44 55
 Liberia 45 n/a
 Panama 46 48
 Saudi Arabia 47 57
 Taiwan 47 52
 Zambia 47 45
 Chile 50 35
 Kosovo 50 78
 Belgium 52 57
 Colombia 53 31
 Ghana 54 61
 Sierra Leone 55 n/a
 Malawi 56 43
 Bolivia 57 54
 Cameroon 58 63
 Honduras 58 55
 South Korea 60 n/a
 Pakistan 61 53
 Botswana 62 84
 Spain 62 57
 Uruguay 62 47
 Lebanon 65 68
 Luxembourg 65 28
 Nicaragua 67 82
 Paraguay 68 45
 Gabon 69 78
 India 69 93
 Ivory Coast 69 n/a
 Bangladesh 72 89
 Ethiopia 72 109
 Hungary 72 78
 Peru 72 84
 Macedonia 72 118
 Argentina 77 78
 Portugal 78 71
 Afghanistan 79 35
 Italy 79 21
 Senegal 79 57
 Vietnam 79 116
 Belarus 83 93
 Kyrgyzstan 83 73
 Albania 85 132
 Mexico 85 76
 Azerbaijan 87 69
 Tanzania 87 51
 Latvia 89 93
 Brazil 90 91
 Burkina Faso 90 109
 France 90 77
 Japan 90 n/a
 Slovakia 94 101
 Zimbabwe 94 82
 Angola 96 n/a
 El Salvador 96 107
 Moldova 96 88
 Congo 99 93
 Jordan 99 120
 Kazakhstan 101 66
 Niger 102 108
 Benin 103 120
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 103 109
 Estonia 103 93
 Ukraine 103 102
 Nagorno-Karabakh 103 n/a
 Cambodia 108 93
 Romania 108 105
 Madagascar 110 113
 Rwanda 110 128
 Czech Republic 112 103
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 112 131
 Morocco 112 115
 Chad 115 93
 Mauritania 115 93
 Poland 115 84
 Mali 118 123
 Lithuania 119 120
 Egypt 120 105
 Greece 120 135
 Tunisia 120 103
 Georgia 123 116
 Armenia 124 113
 Serbia 124 123
 Bulgaria 126 118
 Russia 126 123
 China 128 133
 Turkey 128 128
 Croatia 130 133
 Montenegro 130 126
 Ecuador 132 84
 Palestinian Territory 133 127
 Venezuela 134 91
 Yemen 134 130
 Algeria n/a 109
 Comoros n/a 84
 Hong Kong n/a 17
 Laos n/a 41
 Libya n/a 14
 Mauritius n/a 93
 Norway n/a 11
 Qatar n/a 9
 Singapore n/a 64
 Somaliland n/a 26
 Sudan n/a 61
 Suriname n/a 66
  Switzerland n/a 12

"n/a" indicates a country was not surveyed for that year's World Giving Index report

Response to the results (2010)[edit]

The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hailed the results of the Index where Sri Lanka came in 8th. President Rajapaksa said it captured, "the reality of our caring and sharing society".[5]

The President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou described the results as "unfair" and stated that Taiwan had transformed itself from an "importer of love to an exporter of love".[6]

Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector and Senator for New South Wales, Dr Ursula Stephens said, "I see each day the enormous efforts of our country’s five million volunteers and witness the generosity of the millions of Australians whose donations make the work of our non profit organisations possible. So this result on the World Giving Index is confirmation of what we already know – we are a country of generous people who are quick to lend a helping hand in times of need."[7][dead link]

The Community and Voluntary Sector Minister in New Zealand, Tariana Turia said, "The report shows that New Zealanders are particularly generous when it comes to giving money and helping strangers, but also in terms of volunteering. As a nation we must celebrate our generosity and make sure that our decisions and our actions bolster it even further."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] 2010 World Giving Index Report, Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d [2] 2014 World Giving Index Report, Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  3. ^ Gallup World Poll Methodology, Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  4. ^ "World Giving Index 2013". Charities Aid Foundation. December 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  5. ^ BBC News South Asia, 13 September 2010 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11287424
  6. ^ Focus Taiwan article: http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201009240044
  7. ^ Dr Ursula Stephens http://ursulastephens.com/2010/09/australia-a-nation-of-givers-and-helpers/[dead link]
  8. ^ New Zealand Government website, 9 September 2010. http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/turia+thrilled+top-ranking+generous+new+zealanders


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