World Giving Index

The World Giving Index (WGI) is an annual report published by the Charities Aid Foundation, using data gathered by Gallup and ranks countries in the world according to how charitable they are.

The World Giving Index 2017 is based on a survey of more than 146,000 people in 139 countries.

The report bases its findings on three parameters:

• number of people donating money,
• volunteering time and
• helping a stranger.

Asia, unlike Africa, has seen a decline in all three giving behaviours with helping a stranger decreasing from 51% to 47%, donating money from 37% to 33% and volunteering down to 21%.

Countries such as Ireland, Germany, Norway, the UK have scores which have decreased between 1 to 5 percentage points and the US has slipped to the fifth position, its lowest ranking since 2011.

India’s ranking has improved to 81 from 91. According to the data, 340 million Indians participated in helping a stranger (down from 401 million during 2015), 265 million gave money (up from 203 million during 2015) and 256 million volunteered (up from 200 million during 2015).

Myanmar retains its position at the top of the list for the fourth year running, but has experienced a drop in its overall score, from 70 to 65 per cent.

Practice question:

1. Which of the following nations have lower ranking than that of India?
1. China
2. Bangladesh
3. Pakistan
4. Nepal


a) 1 and 3

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 and 3

d) Only 3

Ans: b

Exp: Rankings are as follows:
• Myanmar – 1st
• Nepal – 51st
• Pakistan – 78th
• China – 138th
• Afghanistan – 89th
• Bangladesh – 128th