CAF World Giving Index 10th Edition

This year, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has published its tenth edition of the World Giving Index. The report considers the ten countries that celebrate the greatest amount of giving as well as the last ones. It also analyses those countries with the highest rates of increase and decrease in giving in the last decade.

The report includes the results of 1.3 million interviewed individuals from 128 countries over the past 10 years. In terms of giving, it is the largest survey that exists.

In order to ensure that giving is understood in its various forms, the report analyses the following three aspects of generous conduct: helping a stranger, donating money to charities and volunteering.

The first and last ones in giving

With a scoring of 58%, the most generous country of the world in the last decade has been the United States, followed by Myanmar in the second place and New Zealand in the third one. Indeed, New Zealand is the only country which appears in the top 10 of the three registered measures. However, Indonesian is the only country of the 10 in the first range which experienced an increase on scores, whilst the other ones have experienced a downward trajectory.

For example, the levels of giving in the United States and Canada have decreased in the last years. The United States reached a maximum of 64% in 2014, falling to 58% in 2018. Canada also dropped by 11% in the last 5 years, from 61% in 2015 to 50% in 2018.

It’s important to realize that the countries with mayor giving don´t merge because of one trait. The countries with best performance represent a wide range of geographies, religions, cultures and levels of wealth. In fact, Myanmar, South Africa and Indonesian are in the first position, although they are classified as countries of low average income by the UNO.

In terms of countries with the lowest levels of giving, China occupies the last position in each one of the three categories with 16% in general. It should be pointed out that the lowest scores come from various different continents, the majority of them includes countries affected by wars and heavy economic problems, as well as countries where a young civil society exists or where the relation between the state and the civil society is frenetic.

Helping a stranger

In the whole world, more than 2.500.000 persons have helped a stranger in the last decade. Of the ten countries where the people have more likelihood of helping a stranger, seven of them are located in Africa. This is probably due to Ubuntu, a central component of the african philosophy which demonstrates the capacity of express compassion, reciprocity, dignity, humanity and mutuality in areas of building and maintaining communities with a proper and mutual charity.

Donating money to a charity

The people in Myanmar are the most liable of the world to donating money to a charity, which can be claimed to the fact that 90% of their population are practicing Buddhists.


Across the world, 1 of 5 adults are volunteers. Sri Lanka has the highest rate of volunteering worldwide.


The results of this inform are essentially, since they proportionate a map of routs helping to identify areas which merit further investigation in the impulse of CAF in order to increase giving in all its forms. To read the full article, visit