This eighth edition of the World Giving Index again presents giving data from across the globe over a five year period (2012-2016). The World Giving Index 2017 includes data from 139 countries that was collected throughout 2016. A full explanation of the methodology used is included in the appendices.
The method used to calculate World Giving Index scores remains identical to previous years. In order to establish a rounded measure of giving behaviour across the world, the 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 CAF World Giving Index shows that there has been a global decrease in giving since the last report. This follows a high point recorded by last year’s Index, in particular for helping a stranger. The proportion of people across the world who reported donating money in 2016 – when the research for this year’s report was conducted – is the lowest seen for three years.
New Zealand, the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Malta, Iceland, Germany and Norway have each seen a decrease in their CAF World Giving Index score of between one and five percentage points. Scores for the continents of Europe, Asia and Oceania are lower than their five-year averages, whilst Asia specifically has seen a decline in all three giving behaviours.
Last year’s report found that giving habits in Africa had recorded a positive shift after several years of little change. Africa has this year gone against the global downward trend and is the only continent to see an increase in all three giving behaviours when compared to its five-year average score.