We tell you which world citizens are most willing to help others.
Over the course of this year that’s about to come to an end, have you any donated money? Have you helped any organizations? Have you helped any strangers? According to the 2021 World Giving Index, Mexico is ranked 73rd out of 114 donor nations around the world.
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has published an index revealing the world’s most “generous” countries for the past 10 years.
The first CAF World Giving Index was published in the wake of the global financial crisis. Now, the study shows how the pandemic has impacted the nature of giving around the world. What does it evaluate?
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CAF asks the citizens of each of the countries three questions: Over the past month, have you helped a stranger? Have you donated money to a charity? Have you volunteered your time?
With that information, they get an idea of the scope and nature of giving around the world.
And in fact, the pandemic has changed the ranking in the world and other nations have become those contributing the most.
The top five are: Indonesia (69%), Kenya (58%), Nigeria (52%), Burma (51%), and Australia (49%).
And the last five on the list are: Japan (14%), Portugal (20%), Belgium (21%), Italy (22%), and South Korea (22%).
Mexico is ranked 73rd out of the 114 nations appearing on the list. It’s estimated that, on average, 32% of Mexicans donate in some way, whether with time or money to an organization or to a stranger in need.
According to the data provided, only 21% of people in the country give money to an organization and 16% give their time.
Indonesia received the highest overall score with 69%, up from 59% in 2018. More than eight in ten Indonesians donated money in 2020 and the country’s rate of volunteering is above average.
The document explains this is what’s meant by Zakat, a traditional form of Islamic charity practiced widely in Indonesia, the proceeds of which are redistributed to those in need.
Reports suggest that Zakat payments globally were particularly high in 2020 as a response to the pandemic.
In the country, there were calls from Indonesian religious authorities for people to use such payments to help people in their communities who were experiencing hardships as a result of the economic slump.
However, the Top 10 highest scoring countries changed substantially during 2020.
CAF warns that most of the Western countries which usually occupy the Top 10 have fallen down the rankings, likely due in large part to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
For example, the United States has fallen to 19th place in the world, even though in recent years, it was placed in the Top 5.
The notable exceptions to this big shift in the rankings are Australia and New Zealand.
“The resilience of giving in these two countries likely reflects the timing of the survey, which was undertaken in the weeks before the peak of the first wave of the pandemic. Additionally, in Australia, there was a widespread and generous response to the bushfires in early 2020,” says the organization in charge of the study.
Also, several countries which have never been in the Top 10 before are now ranked amongst the most generous.
For example, Nigeria. This African country rose to 3rd place, up from 16th the last time a yearly index was published in 2018.
All three of Nigeria’s scores increased in 2020, but particularly helping a stranger and volunteering time.
Nigeria is believed to have up to 80,000 non-profit organizations across the country. A recent survey of 132 charities in Nigeria found that many had been involved in raising awareness of the pandemic and distributing Personal Protective Equipment.