World Giving Index 2019

World Giving Index: 10 years of giving trends

The World Giving Index (WGI) is an annual report published by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), using data gathered by Gallup and ranks countries in the world according to how charitable they are. The first report was produced in 2010 and this year to mark 10 years of WGI, CAF has released a special 10th anniversary edition of WGI.

The report looks at the giving trends across the globe over the past decade. This report includes the results of around 1.3 million individuals interviewed across the world from over 128 countries over the past decade. Result: the biggest survey on giving trends ever produced and made freely available.

The report bases its findings on three parameters: number of people donating money, volunteering time and helping a stranger. While, India is ranked #82 on the 10-year World Giving Index, half of the biggest risers over time are from Asia.

Key findings:


    • Worldwide, more than 2.5 billion people helped a stranger over the past decade, with African countries accounting for 7 of the top 10 places where people are most likely to do so.


    • Half of the countries that have risen the most in the World Giving Index are from Asia, with Indonesia leading the way.
    • People from Myanmar are the most likely to have donated money to charity. (Practising Buddhists account for 90% of the population, 99% of them followers of Therevada branch of the religion, which mandates giving).


    • Globally, nearly 20% of all adults, volunteer with Sri Lanka reporting the highest rate of volunteering in the world.


You can read the entire reportĀ here.