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India records an all-time high of 31%: Climbs 10 places from 2016 in this year’s CAF World Giving Index

Generosity in India has increased according to this year’s CAF World Giving Index, the leading global survey of generosity. India climbed 10 places to 81 in this year’s Index, recording an all time high of 31%.

The result was driven by increases across donating money and volunteering both of which increased significantly, by six percentage points from 2015.

The CAF World Giving Index, the leading comparative study of global generosity, records the number of people who helped a stranger in the past month, volunteered their time, or gave money to a good cause. For the 2017 report, 146,000 people were interviewed in 139 countries.

This year, the global index was down slightly on 2016: donating money and helping a stranger were down 1.8 percentage points whilst volunteering was down 0.8 percentage points.

However, whilst global generosity appears to have contracted, the decline is most noticeable amongst developed nations which failed to maintain the increases made in 2016. The USA, the UK and Australia all fell three places, and despite remaining in fourth, New Zealand saw a two percentage point decrease in its World Giving Index score.

Conversely, whilst many developed nations fell, Africa showed the strong performance it saw in 2016, experiencing growth across all three giving behaviours (against its five-year average). It was the only continent to achieve this and a feat it has achieved for the second consecutive year.

Twenty percent of this year’s top 20 places were occupied by African nations (Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zambia) and eight nations (Ghana, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Kenya Liberia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tunisia) saw their World Giving Index score increase by more than 5 percentage points, meaning Africa accounted for most of the countries on this year’s ‘most improved’ list.

Commenting on the report, Ms. Meenakshi Batra, CEO - CAF India said:

“It is encouraging to see India climb up the rankings on the World Giving Index. India has delivered a record year and 31% jump is a milestone. CAF India is extremely proud of this achievement and it is heartening to see that as India’s economy grows, this growth is translating into more people giving back to society. The ethos of giving has always been genuinely embedded in our society. The evolving philanthropic landscape in the country is facilitating modern giving in an integrated manner. I hope that the government recognises the vital role that civil society can play in volunteering and continues to work with charitable organisations to foster and develop India’s culture of generosity.”

Key findings of the report:

The Charities Aid Foundation, which delivers more than £500 million to charities annually, has been producing the CAF World Giving Index since 2010 in order to inform wider research into the state of charitable giving at a national and international level.

Although only providing a snapshot, the WGI remains the largest survey of its kind undertaken. For this year’s report, more than 146,000 people were surveyed in 139 countries.

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The 2016 CAF World Giving Index is available here

CAF World Giving Index top 20

Country

World Giving Index Ranking

World Giving Index Score (%)

 

Helping a stranger score (%)

Donating money score (%)

Volunteering time score (%)

Myanmar

1

65

 

53

91

51

Indonesia

2

60

 

47

79

55

Kenya

3

60

 

76

52

51

New Zealand

4

57

 

65

65

41

United States of America

5

56

 

73

56

41

Australia

6

56

 

66

63

40

Canada

7

54

 

67

61

35

Ireland

8

53

 

61

60

39

United Arab Emirates

9

51

 

71

55

27

Netherlands

10

51

 

51

64

36

United Kingdom

11

50

 

58

64

28

Sierra Leone

12

49

 

81

26

41

Malta

13

48

 

45

73

26

Liberia

14

46

 

75

18

46

Iceland

15

46

 

44

68

26

Thailand

16

46

 

51

68

19

Iran

17

45

 

61

50

25

Zambia

18

45

 

69

33

33

Germany

19

45

 

58

55

22

Norway

20

45

 

49

55

30

Top 10 countries by participation in helping a stranger

Helping a stranger country and ranking

People (%)

Sierra Leone

1

81

Iraq

2

78

Libya

3

77

Kenya

4

76

Liberia

5

75

Kuwait

6

74

United States of America

7

73

Uganda

8

73

South Africa

9

72

Saudi Arabia

10

71

Top 10 countries by participation in donating money

Donating money country and ranking

People (%)

Myanmar

1

91

Indonesia

2

79

Malta

3

73

Iceland

4

68

Thailand

5

68

New Zealand

6

65

Netherlands

7

64

United Kingdom

8

64

Australia

9

63

Canada

10

61

Top 10 countries by participation in volunteering time

Volunteering time country and ranking

People (%)

Indonesia

1

55

Kenya

2

51

Myanmar

3

51

Liberia

4

46

Tajikistan

5

44

New Zealand

6

41

United States of America

7

41

Sierra Leone

8

41

Mauritius

9

40

Australia

10

40

About CAF India

CAF India is a registered charitable trust, and a part of Charities Aid Foundation International network. It aims to be an integrated customer-focused organisation for donors and NGOs that stimulate strategic giving and social investment for transforming lives and communities. We are a cause neutral organisation currently working with 500 NGO’s across 23 states in India. To know more, kindly log into www.cafindia.org.

Methodology

The World Giving Index is primarily based upon data from Gallup’s World View World Poll, which is an ongoing research project carried out in 139 countries in 2016 that together represent around 95% of the world’s population (around 5.2 billion people). The survey asks questions on many different aspects of life today including giving behaviour. The countries surveyed and questions asked in each region varies from year to year and is determined by Gallup. More detail on Gallup’s methodology can be viewed online.