World Giving Index

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The World Giving Index (WGI) is an annual report published by the Charities Aid Foundation, using data gathered by Gallup, and ranks over 140 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 September 2018, with Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand ranking as the top three. The United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Kenya, Myanmar and Bahrain complete the top ten.[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 95% of the world’s adult population (around 5 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 150,000 people were interviewed by Gallup in 2014, and samples are probability-based. Surveys are carried out by telephone or face-to-face depending on the country’s telephone coverage.[4] There is of course a margin of error (the amount of random sampling error) in the results for each country, which is calculated by Gallup around a proportion at the 95% confidence level (the level of confidence that the results are a true reflection of the whole population). The maximum margin of error is calculated assuming a reported percentage of 50% and takes into account the design effect.

Gallup asked people which of the following three charitable acts they had undertaken in the past month:[4]

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

World Giving Index rankings[edit]

Country 2018 rank[5] 2017 rank[6] 2016 rank[7] 2015 rank[4] 2014 rank[8] 2013 rank [9]
 Indonesia 1 2 7 22 13 17
 Australia 2 6 3 5 6 7
 New Zealand 3 4 4 3 5 2
 United States 4 5 2 1 1 1
 Ireland 5 8 9 9 4 5
 United Kingdom 6 11 8 6 7 6
 Singapore 7 30 28 34 n/a 64
 Kenya 8 3 12 11 15 33
 Myanmar 9 1 1 1 1 2
 Bahrain 10 n/a n/a 13 n/a n/a
 Netherlands 11 10 13 7 12 8
 United Arab Emirates 12 9 10 14 n/a n/a
 Norway 13 20 14 15 n/a 11
 Haiti 14 55 53 59 40 28
 Canada 15 7 6 4 3 2
 Nigeria 16 28 56 43 21 20
 Iceland 17 15 17 n/a 14 17
 Malta 18 13 16 12 16 12
 Liberia 19 14 52 25 45 n/a
 Sierra Leone 20 12 46 54 55 n/a
 Zambia 21 18 63 51 47 45
 Germany 22 19 21 20 28 22
 Trinidad and Tobago 23 n/a n/a n/a 10 n/a
 Denmark 24 21 20 39 18 25
 Mauritius 25 130 n/a 45 n/a 93
  Switzerland 26 33 23 40 n/a 12
 Sri Lanka 27 n/a 5 8 9 10
 Libya 28 42 44 n/a n/a 14
 Iran 29 17 45 32 19 n/a
 Hong Kong 30 25 n/a 26 n/a 17
 Gambia 31 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
 Austria 32 26 30 23 17 15
 Kuwait 33 31 19 24 n/a n/a
 Iraq 34 39 31 38 43 89
 Cyprus 35 45 35 42 23 24
 Tajikistan 36 50 87 73 34 64
 Ghana 37 23 77 63 54 61
 Israel 38 35 43 75 32 31
 Belgium 39 56 32 48 52 57
 South Africa 40 24 61 49 34 69
 Luxembourg 41 44 49 33 65 28
 Sweden 42 34 25 28 40 39
 Turkmenistan 43 69 15 71 23 26
 Finland 44 37 24 31 25 33
 Mongolia 45 29 27 52 32 41
 Honduras 46 40 74 60 58 55
 Slovenia 47 58 40 37 34 44
 South Sudan 48 73 48 68 n/a n/a
 Dominican Republic 49 32 36 41 27 39
 Uganda 50 22 26 57 34 48
 Saudi Arabia 51 48 41 47 47 57
   Nepal 52 51 39 76 44 55
 Uzbekistan 53 38 11 27 28 50
 Spain 54 71 79 58 62 57
 Kyrgyzstan 55 85 34 18 83 73
 Jamaica 56 n/a n/a 21 20 n/a
 Malawi 57 36 38 44 56 43
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 58 125 136 127 112 131
 Paraguay 59 120 101 125 68 45
 South Korea 60 62 75 64 60 n/a
 Chile 61 49 55 49 50 35
 Thailand 61 16 37 19 21 38
 Costa Rica 62 43 62 36 34 23
 Cameroon 63 68 51 92 58 63
 Taiwan 64 52 50 35 47 52
 Guatemala 65 41 29 16 25 30
 Kosovo 66 65 60 116 50 78
 Nicaragua 67 82 76 69 67 82
 Italy 68 84 82 72 79 21
 Central African Republic 69 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
 Guinea 70 98 69 80 40 74
 Niger 71 118 115 135 102 108
 France 72 67 81 74 90 77
 Namibia 73 n/a n/a 61 n/a n/a
 Bangladesh 74 129 94 95 72 89
 Jordan 75 74 71 118 99 120
 Zimbabwe 76 72 108 87 94 82
 Uruguay 77 60 58 77 62 47
 Panama 78 57 33 53 46 48
 Mozambique 79 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
 Colombia 80 61 73 66 53 31
 Ukraine 81 90 106 89 103 102
 Burkina Faso 82 86 72 104 90 109
 Portugal 83 104 90 82 78 71
 Tanzania 84 63 57 81 87 51
 Lebanon 85 76 80 96 65 68
 Bolivia 86 70 70 65 57 54
 Senegal 87 79 95 85 79 57
 Slovakia 88 102 124 123 94 101
 Philippines 89 54 47 46 30 16
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 90 59 128 88 103 109
 Pakistan 91 n/a 92 94 61 53
 Algeria 92 n/a n/a n/a n/a 109
 Mali 93 112 99 121 118 123
 Argentina 94 83 83 108 77 78
 Lesotho 95 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
 Kazakhstan 96 87 96 56 101 66
 Botswana 97 93 54 55 62 84
 Ethiopia 98 107 84 97 72 109
 Moldova 99 n/a 110 120 96 88
 Madagascar 100 133 132 101 110 113
 Peru 100 88 65 114 72 84
 Chad 101 99 111 136 115 93
 Romania 102 80 93 93 108 105
 Rwanda 103 101 116 137 110 128
 Morocco 104 136 123 126 112 115
 Benin 105 113 102 132 103 120
 Egypt 106 108 112 112 120 105
 Venezuela 107 115 117 128 134 91
 Albania 108 95 105 83 85 132
 Estonia 109 100 118 99 103 93
 Russia 110 124 126 129 126 123
 Ivory Coast 111 91 104 107 69 n/a
 Poland 112 105 109 78 115 84
 Gabon 113 96 89 111 69 78
 Mexico 114 106 107 90 85 76
 Congo 115 77 136 91 99 93
 Montenegro 116 110 133 98 130 126
 Togo 117 109 103 133 n/a n/a
 Georgia 118 135 120 112 123 116
 Ecuador 119 53 97 131 132 84
 Hungary 120 119 134 124 72 78
 Belarus 121 117 100 103 83 93
 Brazil 122 75 68 105 90 91
 Armenia 123 122 130 138 124 113
 India 124 81 91 106 69 93
 Czech Republic 125 128 121 130 112 103
 Bulgaria 126 127 129 115 126 118
 El Salvador 127 94 85 117 96 107
 Japan 128 111 114 102 90 n/a
 Serbia 129 132 135 118 124 123
 Macedonia 130 64 119 86 72 118
 Turkey 131 n/a n/a n/a 128 128
 Croatia 132 121 127 62 130 133
 Mauritania 133 130 88 109 115 93
 Laos 134 n/a n/a n/a n/a 41
 Tunisia 135 92 122 139 120 103
 Afghanistan 136 89 78 84 79 35
 Latvia 137 131 113 110 89 93
 Lithuania 138 137 124 142 119 120
 Azerbaijan 139 126 131 122 87 69
 Cambodia 140 134 98 100 108 93
 Palestinian Territory 141 n/a 139 141 133 127
 China 142 138 140 144 128 133
 Greece 143 114 137 140 120 135
 Yemen 144 139 138 143 134 130
 Angola n/a n/a n/a 134 96 n/a
 Belize n/a n/a n/a 70 n/a n/a
 Bhutan n/a n/a 18 17 n/a n/a
 Burundi n/a n/a n/a 145 n/a n/a
 Comoros n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 84
 Malaysia n/a n/a 22 10 7 71
 Northern Cyprus n/a 46 42 30 39 n/a
 Puerto Rico n/a n/a n/a 29 n/a n/a
 Qatar n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 9
 Somaliland n/a n/a 58 n/a n/a 26
 Sudan n/a n/a n/a 67 n/a 61
 Suriname n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 66
 Syria n/a n/a 66 n/a 30 35
 Vietnam n/a 116 64 79 79 116

"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".[10]

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".[11]

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."[12]

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."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Giving Index 2010" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. September 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  2. ^ "World Giving Index 2018" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. September 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. ^ Gallup World Poll Methodology, Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "World Giving Index 2015" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  5. ^ "The World Giving Index 2018" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. October 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  6. ^ "World Giving Index 2017" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. September 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  7. ^ "World Giving Index 2016" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  8. ^ "World Giving Index 2014" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  9. ^ "World Giving Index 2013" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. December 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  10. ^ Charles Haviland (13 September 2010). "Sri Lankan 'generosity' is hailed". BBC News South Asia. Retrieved 5 January 2018 – via www.bbc.com.
  11. ^ "President calls Taiwan's 'World Giving' rank 'unfair'". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  12. ^ Dr Ursula Stephens "Australia a Nation of Givers and Helpers". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  13. ^ "Turia Thrilled with Top-Ranking for Generous New Zealanders". Beehive. 9 September 2010. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2018.

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