CAF World Giving Index 2021

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 7, 2023, 15:28

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) publishes World Giving Index annually. The first report came out in 2010, and the organization released the latest one in 2021. World Giving Index looks at the breadth and nature of global giving, focusing on three dimensions of charitable behaviour.

World Giving Index Basics

The following are the primary questions used to frame the World Giving Index:

  1. Have you ever offered to assist a stranger or someone you had never met before?
  2. Have you ever donated to a good cause?
  3. Have you ever volunteered for a worthwhile cause?

Gallup- a market research agency- conducted the fieldwork as part of its World Poll program.

World Giving Index 2021 Key Findings

With a score of 69, Indonesia bagged first in the CAF World Giving Index 2021, up from 59 in 2018 -

  • In 2021, more than eight out of ten Indonesians contributed money
  • The volunteer rate of Indonesia is more than three times that of the rest of the globe.

The top ten countries in the World Giving Index are Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Kenya, New Zealand, Australia, Ghana, Kosovo, Uganda, and Thailand. Also, the ten countries at the bottom are Latvia, France, Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Republic of Korea, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, and Japan.

According to the CAF International Giving Index 2021, more people than in any previous findings helped a stranger in 2020. Helping a stranger is the most popular type of donation, with more than half (55 per cent) of adults (over three billion people) doing so in 2020.

Georgia and Paraguay saw substantial increases in the overall index compared to 2016.

China is another country that has achieved significant progress over time -

  • The Charity Law enacted in 2016 was the first legislation to govern Chinese charities.
  • Before its introduction, only a few government-backed organizations could conduct public fundraising in China.

In Hong Kong, the most dramatic overall reduction occurred in 2020, when all of the scores of the city fell.

One can find six of the top ten countries that are the readiest to help a stranger in Africa -

  • It is most likely due to Ubuntu, a people-centred mentality existing under various names in almost every African country.
  • In African civilizations, Ubuntu refers to the ability to demonstrate compassion, reciprocity, and humanity to establish and sustain just and caring societies.

In terms of monetary donations, Indonesia leads the world. It can be because of Zakat, a sort of traditional Islamic charity widely practised in Indonesia, with the proceeds going to the poor.

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World Giving Index and India

  • India is the 10th biggest riser in terms of overall generosity.
  • 34% of adults in India have volunteered for a social cause, ranking 6th globally.
  • With an aggregate of 44%, India ranks 14th overall in the World Giving Index 2021.
  • India also has a CAF office in New Delhi, the only one in Asia.

The CAF International Giving Index covers data from 114 countries, accounting for more than 90 per cent of the global adult population.

Based on the most current Gallup World Poll, the study looks at several contemporary issues, including giving practices.

India rose to 14th place on the list of the most charitable nations. It is a step up from the previous global rank of 124, awarded in 2018.

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FAQs on World Giving Index

Q.1. Who publishes the World Giving Index?

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) publishes the World Giving Index. It is a multinational organization with nine offices spread over six continents. It has its headquarters in the United Kingdom.

Q.2. How many countries did CAF rank in the World Giving Index 2021?

The CAF used data from 114 countries to rank them according to the giving behaviour in the World Giving Index.

Q.3. What is the significance of the CAF World Giving Index?

The CAF World Giving Index offers a unique perspective on global generosity trends. It helps locate where people are most likely to engage in community-beneficial social activities and advocate for worldwide donations.

Q.4. What is the sampling frame for the World Giving Index?

The sampling window for the World Giving Index includes the total civilian, non-institutionalized population of the country aged 15 and up.

Q.5. How many people were surveyed for the World Giving Index 2021?

Gallup interviewed almost 121,000 people in 2020 for the World Giving Index 2021.