Generosity in Western countries heads south

The Charities Aid Foundation has produced the World Giving Index for more than a decade (Bigstock)

Australia and New Zealand remain the only Western countries in the top 10 most generous countries, according to the Charities Aid Foundation's World Giving Index. Source: Pro Bono News.

Against 2020’s backdrop of lockdowns and restrictions, the top 10 most generous countries changed substantially last year, with the majority of Western countries falling down the rankings.

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which has been producing the index for over a decade, has published its first report in the wake of the global health crisis.

Referred to as a “pandemic special” this year’s report is the 10th edition of the WGI and encompasses 10 years of interviewing – amounting to around 1.3 million global interviews. The result being one of the biggest surveys into giving ever produced.

Three questions lie at the heart of the report:

Have you helped a stranger or someone you didn’t know who needed help?

Have you donated money to a charity?

Have you volunteered your time to an organisation?

The WGI then averages out the responses giving each country a percentage score.

Indonesia ranked as the most generous country, with an overall giving score of 69 per cent, up from 59 per cent in 2018, which was the last year the WGI was produced. The US (which dropped from the top five to 19th place), the UK, Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands have all seen a significant decrease in their index scores. In their place are several countries new to the top 10 — Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Kosovo.

Like most of the Western world, Australia and New Zealand both saw a decline in their scores and their place in the index. However, both remain in this year’s top 10 — Australia fifth and New Zealand seventh.


A shake up at the top (By Nikki Stefanoff, Pro Bono News)

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