World Giving Index

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Heat Map of the 2015 World Giving Index. Countries shaded in red achieved the highest scores and those in blue achieved 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 2015, with Myanmar, the USA and New Zealand ranking as the top three. Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Ireland and Malaysia 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.[2] 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:[2]

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

"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".[6]

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".[7]

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."[8][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."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Giving Index 2010" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. September 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "World Giving Index 2015" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Gallup World Poll Methodology, Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  4. ^ "World Giving Index 2014" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "World Giving Index 2013" (PDF). Charities Aid Foundation. December 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  6. ^ BBC News South Asia, 13 September 2010 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11287424
  7. ^ Focus Taiwan article: http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201009240044
  8. ^ Dr Ursula Stephens http://ursulastephens.com/2010/09/australia-a-nation-of-givers-and-helpers/[dead link]
  9. ^ New Zealand Government website, 9 September 2010. http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/turia+thrilled+top-ranking+generous+new+zealanders


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