While Indonesia is the most generous country in the world, India has dropped 43 places to 124 in the list of 146 nations surveyed for the 9th edition of the World Giving Index released by the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation.
The index, released on Monday, shows that India scores significantly lower than some of its neighbours like Pakistan (91), Sri Lanka (27), Nepal (52) and Bangladesh (74). However, it is placed well above China, which ranks 142 in the Giving Index. So far, India’s best show has been its 2013 ranking of 69.
However, India still has the highest number of people volunteering time to support any cause despite seeing a decline of nearly 13 percentage points since last year in the proportion of people doing so. India also has the highest number of people donating money to charity, while it occupies the second spot in the highest number of people helping a stranger.
The World Giving Index is primarily based upon data from Gallup’s World View World Poll and includes survey from 146 countries that was collected throughout 2017 that together represent around 95 per cent of the world’s population (around 5.2 billion people).
Additionally, almost a third (31%) of people in India reported helping a stranger in 2017, while 20 per cent of them said they donated money to charity and 15 per cent volunteered their time to support any cause or organisation. Libya is the most generous in terms of helping a stranger, where 83% of people reported having done so.
Speaking on the report, Meenakshi Batra, CEO, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India said, “Today’s report shows that three in ten people in India still took the time to help a stranger last year, and one in five had donated money in the month before the survey took place. This is testament to the innate desire of people to help others. We are, however, concerned that this figure has fallen – which goes on to show that people’s generosity can never be taken for granted.”
This year the top spot has been vacated by Myanmar, which has dropped down to ninth place, after four years at number one on the Index. Indonesia, which came second in 2017, has catapulted itself to the top spot with a World Giving Index score of 59 per cent. Australia and New Zealand make up the other countries in this year’s top three, with the United States occupying the 4th spot.
Two countries made their debut in the top 20 this year — Singapore and Haiti. While the index shows high levels of generosity in Haiti, Singapore’s performance has been driven by increases in volunteering and helping a stranger. Interestingly, Singapore ranked as low as 64 just five years ago.
Broken down continent wise, the index reveals an upward trend for Africa with a slight decrease for the Americas. This has led to a narrowing of the giving gap between the continents. Six of this year’s top 20 countries in the Giving Index are in Europe and five are in Asia (four of these make it into the top 10). Four of the top 20 are in Africa and three are in the Americas.
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