Welcome to the 2014 edition of the World Giving Index, which looks at charitable behaviour across the world, involving 135 countries. The report is based on more than a million interviews conducted by Gallup since 2005/06, as part of their World Poll survey.
The World Giving Index score is based on an average of three measures of giving behaviour – the percentage of people who in a typical month donate money to charity, volunteer their time, and help a stranger. The three behaviours are also looked at on an individual basis within the report.
This year’s report shows that giving is more than just about wealth, with only five G20 countries represented in the World Giving Index Top 20 – indeed, eleven G20 countries are even ranked outside of the WGI Top 50. Of the fifteen countries with the largest increase between their 2013 giving score and their five-year average score, only one is classified as a high income country by the World Bank.
The report includes: