For the first time, Indonesia tops the CAF World Giving Index. Having come in second place in 2017, Indonesia’s three individual giving scores are largely unchanged. However, space has been made at the top by Myanmar which drops to ninth place in this year’s rankings, having previously held the top spot since 2014.
The U.S. ranks 4th, up one place from 2017.
The UK jumped five places to 6th.
Ireland is the only country in Europe that is more generous, coming in at 5th place.
Israel comes in at 38.
Levels of giving across Africa are continuing to grow, confirming a trend which appeared in last year’s Index. While last year’s report showed that every western country in the top 20 had a lower giving score, this decline has now largely been reversed.
More than half of people in 146 countries (51.1%) said they helped a stranger, up from 49.6% last year.
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.
The Index, now in its ninth year, shows high levels of generosity in some countries experiencing civil war, conflict and unrest, showing how the human urge to help others comes through even in some of the most troubled nations on Earth.
The complete “World Giving Index 2018” is available for download.