According to World- CAF World Giving Index, numerous people across the world are helping strangers and volunteering their time, to them but the proportion of those donating money has declined

For the third year in a row, the African continent has seen a strong improvement in its score. Many African countries have risen up the rankings; nine of the 21 most improved countries are on the continent of Africa, including Niger, Madagascar and Morocco, whilst in the top 20 of the overall ranking, four are African; Kenya, Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone..

Libya is the most generous country in the world when it comes to helping a stranger, with 83% of respondents having done so in the month prior to interview and Nigeria returned to the top 20 of the overall ranking for the first time since 2013, in 16th place.

Despite it being a difficult year for DR Congo, it finished as the most improved country with a one year score 12% higher than its five year average.

The giving gap between continents has also narrowed, with Africa once again catching up. The gulf between the lowest scoring continent, Africa, and the second highest scoring continent, Asia, has shrunk to just 1%. This compares to 6% five years ago.

Indonesia tops the CAF World Giving Index for the first time. Polling was carried out in 2017, before the earthquake and tsunami which struck the country in September 2018.

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 (21.1%, up from 20.8% last year) or gave money to a good cause (29.1%, down slightly from 29.6% last year).

This year more than 150,000 people in 146 countries were surveyed as part of the Gallup World Poll. As a result, the Index highlights statistically significant global shifts in behaviour even when changes may appear to be small.

Other key findings of this year’s CAF World Giving Index include:
• Western countries have bounced back; last year, every western country in the top 20 had a lower World Giving Index score. This decline has now been largely reversed
• Developing countries performed strongly; this year’s Index shows high levels of generosity in Haiti, with the country featuring in the top 20 for the first time
• Singapore also features in the top 20 for the first time; the country ranked as low as 64th place just five years ago. There have been increases in volunteering and helping a stranger, which may be as a result of a number of schemes to increase volunteering in the country over recent years

The Index is published just under a month before #GivingTuesday – November 27 – the global day of giving when people are asked to give their time, money or voice to a good cause.

John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, an international charity which helps people and companies to give worldwide, said:

“It is forever humbling to see how people across the world continue to be moved to help others, giving their time, donating money and helping strangers.

It is a basic human instinct to lend a helping hand, and it is always amazing to see how people in countries which have suffered conflict and natural disasters are stirred to help those in need.

“It is good news that this year’s CAF World Giving Index shows a continued increase in giving across Africa. It is also encouraging that last year’s decline in western countries seems to have been reversed.

“But we should be concerned that for the second year running there has been a decline in the proportion of people donating money to good causes. It is a reminder to all of us in civil society that we should never take giving for granted.”

Gill Bates, Chief Executive of CAF Southern Africa, adds:
“It’s encouraging that almost three-quarters of people polled in South Africa had helped a stranger in the last month, the same proportion as the previous year. It’s also good news that the culture of giving is growing across Africa as a whole, and shows that people have a natural wish to help others”.

World Giving Index – global league table


The CAF World Giving Index is primarily based upon data from Gallup’s World View World Poll, which is an ongoing research project carried out in more than 146 countries in 2017 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.

About CAF

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is a leading international charity registered in the United Kingdom, with nine offices covering six continents.

CAF exists to make giving go further, so that more lives and communities around the world can be transformed.
CAF is a charity and a champion for better giving, and for over 90 years has helped donors, companies, charities and social organisations make a bigger impact. Through CAF Bank, it offers simple and straightforward day-to-day banking, designed exclusively for charities.

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