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India is 14th most charitable country- AUS & NZ are in top 10, says World Giving Index 2021

News Published by NRI Herald Australia, 24 September 2021

India 14th most charitable country- AUS & NZ are in top 10 - PAK least, says World Giving Index 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended giving trends across the world as several western economies have slipped down the Index due to COVID lockdowns, as per the World Giving Index (WGI) 2021.


Released by the Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF), this year’s survey highlights the impact of lockdowns on charitable giving, as the USA, Canada, Ireland, the UK, and the Netherlands -- all fell out of the highest rankings.


India is now in the Top 20 most generous countries in the world, at 14. This is up from the 10-year global rank of 82. Only Australia and New Zealand, where the survey was undertaken in the weeks before the first wave of the pandemic took hold, maintained their top 10 rankings.


According to the report:

  • More than three billion people helped someone they didn’t know in 2020.

  • More people donated money in 2020 than had done so in the last five years (31%) whilst levels of volunteering in 2020 remained relatively unaffected at the global level

The WGI is a global survey, which has interviewed more than 1.6 million people since 2009 and asks each of them three questions:

  • Helping a stranger

  • Donating money

  • Volunteering time

Least Charitable Countries as per the report:


Indonesia remains in the first place, followed by Kenya. Four African nations now sit in the top 10 -- three of them (Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda) for the first time. Most of the western countries which are usually in the Top 10 have fallen far down the rankings.

Scores for India rapidly improved between 2017 and 2019, and this improvement was maintained during 2020. The improvement in India is seen across all the age groups and amongst both men and women. 61% of Indians helped strangers; 34% volunteered; and 36% donated money.

  • Table 1: Top 20 Scoring Countries

  • Table 2: Least scoring countries

Giving insights on India’s performance on the Index, Meenakshi Batra, Chief Executive of CAF India said: ‘This report comes at a time when India is reeling under a severe COVID wave. And it is commendable to see India perform well on the Index. It gives a lot of hope to see that people are generously contributing money and time to various causes -- especially COVID relief.’


Table 3: Top 10 countries by participation in helping a stranger

Table 4: Bottom 10 countries by participation in helping a stranger

Table 5: Top 10 countries by participation in donating money

Table 6: Bottom 10 countries by participation in donating money

Table 7: Top 10 countries by participation in volunteering time

Table 8: Bottom 10 countries by participation in volunteering time


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