The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) World Giving Index, now in its sixth year, is a leading authority on global generosity. By measuring three different kinds of giving, it provides a simple and universally understood picture of charitable behaviour across the world.
The CAF World Giving Index is scored by averaging the percentage of people in each country who donated money, volunteered or helped a stranger in the previous month. For this year’s report 145 countries were surveyed, representing around 96% of the world’s population.
- Myanmar, United States and New Zealand top the list of countries
- UK was found to be the most generous nation in Europe
- Participation in donating money and helping a stranger has risen this year, whilst volunteering has seen a slight downturn
- Despite their highly developed economies, only five G20 countries are in this year’s Top 20, demonstrating that economic prosperity does not automatically lead to a rise in generosity
- Cultural and religious practices, as well as disruptive events, are at the root of a number of big changes seen this year