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CAF WORLD GIVING INDEX 2017

Explore how people around the world give, with unique insight into charitable behaviour and generosity across the globe.

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UPDATE

The 2018 edition of the CAF World Giving Index is now available.

WHAT IS THE CAF WORLD GIVING INDEX?

The CAF World Giving Index looks at how and why people around the world give to charity. In this, the eighth edition of the CAF World Giving Index, we’ve collected data from 139 countries, which represents an incredible 95% of the world’s population.

The report includes questions about three different types of giving behaviour, with each country ranked according to their answers to:

“The questions that make up the Index focus on the universal – do we give money or time or do we help strangers in need. It confounds traditional views of the link between wealth and generosity, confirming what we all surely know: that giving is about spirit and inner motivation, not about financial means.”

Sir John Low, Chief Executive, CAF

WHAT ARE THE KEY FINDINGS OF THE CAF WORLD GIVING INDEX?

  • Every Western country in the top 20 has a decreased score this year.
  • For the second year running, Africa sees an increase in all three giving behaviours, compared to its five year average.
    
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How are the ranking and scores calculated?
    To establish a rounded measure of giving behaviour across the world, the CAF World Giving Index relies on a simple averaging of the responses from the three key questions asked in each country. Each country is given a percentage score and countries are ranked on the basis of these scores. The Index measures countries by proportion of population giving rather than how much they give.
  • Why are some countries not included in the survey?
    Gallup collects the data as part of their World Poll research programme. As such, Gallup selects the countries to be included each year.
  • Does the CAF World Giving Index take into account political and social issues?
    The CAF World Giving Index does not take into account other factors which might drive or impede growth in generosity, such as the political, social and economic situation in any given country or region.

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