World Giving Index

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Map of the 2010 World Giving Index. The larger the circle, the higher their rank in the WGI.

The World Giving Index (WGI) was compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation, using data gathered by Gallup, and ranks 153 countries in the world according to how charitable their populations are. The Charities Aid Foundation claims that WGI is the largest study ever carried out into charitable behaviour around the globe.[1][dead link] The first edition was released in September 2010 with New Zealand, Australia and Ireland emerging as the three most charitable nations. The survey found that around the globe happiness was seen as a greater influence on giving money than wealth.[citation needed]

Methodology[edit]

The WGI is based on data from Gallup's WorldView World Poll which is an ongoing research project carried out in 153 countries that together represent 95% of the world's population. In most countries surveyed 1,000 questionnaires are completed by a representative sample of individuals living in urban centres. In some large countries such as China and Russia samples of at least 2,000 were collected, while in a small number of countries, where polling is difficult, the poll covered 500 to 1,000 people but still featured a representative sample.[citation needed]

Respondents were over 15 years old and samples were probability-based. Surveys were carried out by telephone or face-to-face depending on the country’s telephone coverage. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) worked with data downloaded in March 2010.[citation needed]

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

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

Giving money or time to an organisation could include political parties/organisations as well as registered charities, community organisations, and places of worship.[citation needed]

In addition to this, the survey used GDP data from the International Monetary Fund's Outlook Programme and an additional Gallup WorldView World Poll question on happiness.[2][dead link]

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".[3]

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".[4]

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."[5][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."[6]

World Giving Index rankings[edit]

Country 2012 rank[7] 2013 rank[8]
 Australia 1 7
 Ireland 2 5
 Canada 3 2
 New Zealand 4 2
 United States 5 1
 Netherlands 6 8
 Indonesia 7 17
 United Kingdom 8 6
 Paraguay 9 45
 Denmark 10 25
 Liberia 11 n/a
 Iran 12 n/a
 Turkmenistan 13 26
 Qatar 14 9
 Sri Lanka 15 10
 Trinidad and Tobago 16 n/a
 Finland 17 33
 Philippines 17 16
 Hong Kong 19 17
 Oman 19 n/a
 Cyprus 21 24
 Malta 22 12
 Mauritius 23 93
 Dominican Republic 24 39
 Uzbekistan 24 50
 Thailand 26 38
 Somaliland 27 26
 Austria 28 15
 Luxembourg 28 28
 Angola 30 n/a
 Honduras 31 55
 Jamaica 32 n/a
 Sierra Leone 33 n/a
 Chile 34 35
 Germany 34 22
 Slovenia 34 44
 Sweden 37 39
 United Arab Emirates 37 n/a
 Zambia 37 45
 Cambodia 40 93
 Kenya 40 33
 Colombia 42 31
 Sudan 43 61
 Ghana 44 61
 South Korea 45 n/a
 Mongolia 46 41
 Uganda 46 48
 Afghanistan 48 35
 Costa Rica 48 23
 Guatemala 48 30
 Swaziland 48 n/a
 Malawi 52 43
 Taiwan 52 52
 Belgium 54 57
 France 54 77
 Israel 54 31
 Italy 57 21
 Nigeria 58 20
 Panama 58 48
 Syria 58 35
 Bolivia 61 54
 Tajikistan 61 64
 Zimbabwe 63 82
 Lesotho 64 n/a
 Bahrain 65 n/a
 Guinea 66 74
 Cameroon 67 63
 Haiti 67 28
 Lebanon 67 68
 South Africa 70 69
 Vietnam 70 116
 Mauritania 72 93
 Spain 72 57
 Latvia 74 93
 Mexico 75 76
 Azerbaijan 76 69
 Malaysia 76 71
 Gabon 78 78
 Comoros 79 84
 Estonia 79 93
 Kosovo 79 78
 Slovakia 79 101
 Brazil 83 91
 Congo 83 93
 Japan 85 n/a
 Pakistan 85 53
 Saudi Arabia 87 57
 Moldova 88 88
 Nicaragua 89 82
 Uruguay 89 47
 Belarus 91 93
 Iraq 91 89
 Argentina 93 78
 Hungary 94 78
 Peru 94 74
 Poland 94 84
 Tunisia 94 103
 Czech Republic 98 103
 Central African Republic 99 n/a
 Kyrgyzstan 99 73
 Tanzania 99 51
 Chad 102 93
 Mali 102 123
 Macedonia 104 118
 Botswana 105 84
 Egypt 105 105
 Lithuania 105 120
 El Salvador 108 107
 Bangladesh 109 89
 Jordan 110 120
 Mozambique 111 n/a
 Ukraine 111 102
 Djibouti 113 n/a
 Singapore 114 64
 Kazakhstan 115 66
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 115 109
   Nepal 115 55
 Senegal 118 57
 Portugal 119 71
 Romania 119 105
 Armenia 119 113
 Niger 119 108
 Palestine 123 127
 Venezuela 123 91
 Algeria 125 109
 Morocco 126 115
 Russia 127 123
 Ecuador 128 84
 Georgia 128 116
 Burkina Faso 130 109
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 130 131
 Croatia 132 133
 India 133 93
 Benin 134 120
 Madagascar 134 113
 Yemen 134 130
 Bulgaria 137 118
 Serbia 137 123
 Turkey 137 128
 Burundi 140 n/a
 China 141 133
 Rwanda 141 128
 Togo 141 n/a
 Albania 144 132
 Greece 145 135
 Montenegro 145 126
 Ethiopia n/a 109
 Iceland n/a 17
 Laos n/a 41
 Myanmar n/a 2
 Norway n/a 11
 Libya n/a 14
 Suriname n/a 66
  Switzerland n/a 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ This page has moved[dead link]
  2. ^ World Giving Index 2010, page 4 http://www.cafonline.org/PDF/World_Giving_Index_2010_A4.pdf[dead link]
  3. ^ BBC News South Asia, 13 September 2010 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11287424
  4. ^ Focus Taiwan article: http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201009240044
  5. ^ Dr Ursula Stephens http://ursulastephens.com/2010/09/australia-a-nation-of-givers-and-helpers/[dead link]
  6. ^ New Zealand Government website, 9 September 2010. http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/turia+thrilled+top-ranking+generous+new+zealanders
  7. ^ "World Giving Index 2012". Charities Aid Foundation. December 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "World Giving Index". Charities Aid Foundation. December 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 

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