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] 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.

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.

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.

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

  • 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.

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]

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]

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]

World Giving Index 2012

  • DM Donating money
  • VT Volunteering Time
  • HS Helping a stranger
# Country WGI score DM (%) DM ranking VT (%) VT ranking HS (%) HS ranking # 2011 change
1  Australia 60% 76% 2 37% 12 67% 10 3 (Increase 2)
2  Ireland 60% 79% 1 34% 15 66% 13 2 (Steady)
3  Canada 58% 64% 10 42% 7 67% 10 7 (Increase 4)
4  New Zealand 57% 66% 8 38% 11 68% 9 4 (Steady)
5  United States 57% 57% 13 42% 7 71% 3 1 (Decrease 4)
6  Netherlands 53% 73% 3 34% 15 51% 49 6 (Steady)
7  Indonesia 52% 71% 5 41% 10 43% 77 49 (Increase 42)
8  United Kingdom 51% 72% 4 26% 35 56% 33 5 (Decrease 3)
9  Paraguay 50% 48% 23 42% 7 61% 22 42 (Increase 33)
10  Denmark 49% 70% 7 23% 45 54% 43 17 (Increase 7)
11  Liberia 49% 12% 109 53% 2 81% 1 14 (Increase 3)
12  Iran 48% 51% 21 24% 41 70% 6 91 (Increase 79)
13  Turkmenistan 48% 30% 52 58% 1 56% 33 14 (Increase 1)
14  Qatar 47% 53% 17 17% 67 71% 3 19 (Increase 5)
15  Sri Lanka 47% 42% 30 43% 6 55% 38 8 (Decrease 7)
16  Trinidad and Tobago 45% 44% 26 30% 23 62% 19 26 (Increase 10)
17  Finland 45% 50% 22 27% 30 57% 29 21 (Increase 4)
17  Philippines 45% 32% 47 44% 5 58% 26 32 (Increase 15)
19  Hong Kong 44% 64% 10 13% 87 56% 33 11 (Decrease 8)
19  Oman 44% 39% 32 22% 48 72% 2 na na
21  Cyprus 44% 56% 14 27% 30 48% 57 28 (Increase 7)
21  Malta 44% 66% 8 22% 48 43% 77 19 (Decrease 2)
23  Mauritius 43% 52% 19 35% 14 43% 77 na na
24  Dominican Republic 43% 32% 47 34% 15 62% 19 49 (Increase 25)
24  Uzbekistan 43% 28% 56 46% 3 54% 43 46 (Increase 22)
26  Thailand 42% 71% 5 15% 78 40% 92 9 (Decrease 17)
27  Somaliland 42% 44% 26 19% 61 62% 19 39 (Increase 12)
28  Austria 41% 53% 17 24% 41 47% 58 29 (Increase 1)
28  Luxembourg 41% 56% 14 27% 30 41% 88 21 (Decrease 7)
30  Angola 40% 31% 50 33% 18 56% 33 35 (Increase 5)
31  Honduras 40% 33% 40 29% 26 57% 29 80 (Increase 51)
32  Jamaica 39% 22% 72 32% 19 64% 16 52 (Increase 30)
33  Sierra Leone 39% 15% 97 30% 23 71% 3 42 (Increase 9)
34  Chile 38% 45% 25 14% 84 56% 33 44 (Increase 10)
34  Germany 38% 43% 28 22% 48 50% 51 26 (Decrease 8)
34  Slovenia 38% 35% 37 36% 13 44% 71 36 (Increase 2)
37  Sweden 38% 56% 14 11% 99 47% 58 40 (Increase 3)
37  United Arab Emirates 38% 47% 24 12% 93 55% 38 47 (Increase 10)
37  Zambia 38% 21% 77 24% 41 69% 7 78 (Increase 41)
40  Cambodia 37% 61% 12 10% 104 40% 92 62 (Increase 22)
40  Kenya 37% 23% 69 24% 41 64% 16 62 (Increase 22)
42  Colombia 37% 23% 69 22% 48 65% 15 45 (Increase 3)
43  Sudan 36% 19% 86 23% 45 67% 10 51 (Increase 8)
44  Ghana 36% 23% 69 32% 19 53% 48 21 (Decrease 23)
45  South Korea 36% 33% 40 29% 26 45% 68 57 (Increase 12)
46  Mongolia 35% 42% 30 32% 19 32% 118 59 (Increase 13)
46  Uganda 35% 20% 80 20% 56 66% 13 62 (Increase 16)
48  Afghanistan 35% 33% 40 21% 53 51% 49 54 (Increase 6)
48  Costa Rica 35% 29% 53 22% 48 54% 43 47 (Decrease 1)
48  Guatemala 35% 27% 60 31% 22 47% 58 29 (Decrease 19)
48  Swaziland 35% 20% 80 27% 30 58% 26 na na
52  Malawi 34% 22% 72 27% 30 54% 43 36 (Decrease 14)
52  Taiwan 34% 43% 28 16% 73 44% 71 67 (Increase 15)
54  Belgium 34% 38% 34 26% 35 38% 101 54 (Steady)
54  France 34% 29% 53 29% 26 44% 71 80 (Increase 26)
54  Israel 34% 52% 19 14% 84 36% 108 38 (Decrease 16)
57  Italy 33% 37% 35 18% 64 45% 68 104 (Increase 47)
58  Nigeria 33% 15% 97 26% 35 57% 29 13 (Decrease 45)
58  Panama 33% 35% 37 23% 45 40% 92 71 (Increase 13)
58  Syria 33% 31% 50 10% 104 57% 29 90 (Increase 32)
61  Bolivia 32% 22% 72 20% 56 55% 38 94 (Increase 33)
61  Tajikistan 32% 6% 136 45% 4 46% 63 41 (Decrease 20)
63  Zimbabwe 32% 10% 115 26% 35 60% 23 100 (Increase 37)
64  Lesotho 32% 10% 115 16% 73 69% 7 na na
65  Bahrain 31% 33% 40 15% 78 45% 68
66  Guinea 31% 21% 77 13% 87 58% 26
67  Cameroon 30% 17% 93 11% 99 63% 18
67  Haiti 30% 39% 32 25% 40 27% 135
67  Lebanon 30% 33% 40 8% 114 50% 51
70  South Africa 30% 15% 97 19% 61 55% 38
70  Vietnam 30% 33% 40 10% 104 46% 63
72  Mauritania 29% 28% 56 17% 67 43% 77
72  Spain 29% 26% 62 13% 87 49% 55
74  Latvia 29% 34% 39 12% 93 40% 92
75  Mexico 28% 22% 72 17% 67 46% 63
76  Azerbaijan 28% 20% 80 28% 29 36% 108
76  Malaysia 28% 32% 47 26% 35 26% 136
78  Gabon 28% 10% 115 13% 87 60% 23
79  Comoros 27% 12% 109 19% 61 50% 51
79  Estonia 27% 19% 86 21% 53 41% 88
79  Kosovo 27% 28% 56 11% 99 42% 84
79  Slovakia 27% 37% 35 13% 87 31% 120
83  Brazil 27% 24% 68 12% 93 44% 71
83  Congo 27% 10% 115 16% 73 54% 43
85  Japan 26% 33% 40 21% 53 25% 138
85  Pakistan 26% 25% 65 12% 93 42% 84
87  Saudi Arabia 26% 25% 65 9% 111 44% 71
88  Moldova 26% 19% 86 17% 67 41% 88
89  Nicaragua 25% 21% 77 18% 64 36% 108
89  Uruguay 25% 25% 65 11% 99 39% 99
91  Belarus 25% 16% 96 30% 23 28% 132
91  Iraq 25% 20% 80 8% 114 46% 63
93  Argentina 24% 18% 92 15% 78 40% 92
94  Hungary 24% 26% 62 8% 114 38% 101
94  Peru 24% 17% 93 15% 78 40% 92
94  Poland 24% 28% 56 8% 114 36% 108
94  Tunisia 24% 8% 129 5% 135 59% 25
98  Czech Republic 24% 27% 60 14% 84 30% 124
99  Central African Republic 23% 12% 109 15% 78 43% 77
99  Kyrgyzstan 23% 7% 130 20% 56 43% 77
99  Tanzania 23% 13% 105 8% 114 49% 55
102  Chad 23% 19% 86 13% 87 37% 104
102  Mali 23% 7% 130 7% 125 55% 38
104  Macedonia 23% 22% 72 7% 125 39% 99
105  Botswana 22% 6% 136 15% 78 46% 63
105  Egypt 22% 14% 102 6% 131 47% 58
105  Lithuania 22% 20% 80 11% 99 36% 108
108  El Salvador 22% 14% 102 12% 93 40% 92
109  Bangladesh 22% 13% 105 10% 104 42% 84
110  Jordan 21% 15% 97 5% 135 44% 71
111  Mozambique 21% 10% 115 17% 67 36% 108
111  Ukraine 21% 7% 130 20% 56 36% 108
113  Djibouti 21% 13% 105 8% 114 41% 88
114  Singapore 20% 29% 53 8% 114 24% 140
115  Kazakhstan 20% 10% 115 20% 56 30% 124
115  Bosnia and Herzegovina 20% 26% 62 4% 138 30% 124
115    Nepal 20% 17% 93 18% 64 25% 138
118  Senegal 20% 3% 145 6% 131 50% 51
119  Portugal 19% 19% 86 10% 104 29% 129
119  Romania 19% 20% 80 4% 138 34% 116
119  Armenia 19% 6% 136 9% 111 43% 77
119  Niger 19% 7% 130 4% 138 47% 58
123  Palestine 19% 11% 112 8% 114 37% 104
123  Venezuela 19% 10% 115 8% 114 38% 101
125  Algeria 18% 11% 112 7% 125 37% 104
126  Morocco 18% 6% 136 6% 131 42% 84
127  Russia 18% 7% 130 17% 67 29% 129
128  Ecuador 17% 14% 102 7% 125 30% 124
128  Georgia 17% 3% 145 16% 73 32% 118
130  Burkina Faso 17% 6% 136 8% 114 36% 108
130  Democratic Republic of the Congo 17% 9% 126 10% 104 31% 120
132  Croatia 16% 15% 97 6% 131 28% 132
133  India 16% 19% 86 10% 104 19% 146
134  Benin 15% 5% 141 7% 125 34% 116
134  Madagascar 15% 9% 126 16% 73 21% 143
134  Yemen 15% 5% 141 4% 138 37% 104
137  Bulgaria 15% 10% 115 4% 138 31% 120
137  Serbia 15% 13% 105 3% 145 29% 129
137  Turkey 15% 10% 115 4% 138 31% 120
140  Burundi 14% 5% 141 8% 114 28% 132
141  China 13% 10% 115 4% 138 26% 136
141  Rwanda 13% 11% 112 9% 111 20% 145
141  Togo 13% 7% 130 12% 93 21% 143
144  Albania 13% 9% 126 7% 125 23% 141
145  Greece 13% 5% 141 3% 145 30% 124
145  Montenegro 13% 10% 115 5% 135 23% 141

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