Nearly 7 Million South Africans Give To Good Causes
The World Giving Index 2016 includes data from 140 countries across the globe that was collected throughout 2015.
The index, which measures people volunteering time, giving money and helping others, found 18% of South Africans donated money, down from 19% in 2014, 28% of people volunteered time – the same as the previous year. But the numbers helping a stranger fell from 73% in 2014 to 65% in 2015.
The fall in people saying they helped a stranger may be due to re-emerging xenophobia in some communities, as well as a generally turbulent socio-political environment, including rising levels of violent protest action in poor communities.
Overall, South Africa stood at 61st place in the global index, down from 49th the previous year.
Colleen Du Toit, Chief Executive of CAF Southern Africa, said: “Modes of generosity in Africa tend towards a mutual support philosophy and practice so given the continuing and grave levels of inequality in South Africa it is not entirely surprising that individuals’ willingness to ‘’help strangers’’ fluctuates. When people are struggling to survive they are more likely to turn towards people in their own families and communities. This does not mean that the national consciousness is turning away from giving and volunteering, indeed seven million people, roughly 50% of the working population did give during the period surveyed.
Globally, more people than ever before are helping others in countries across the globe, according to the index.
For the first time since the index began, more than half of people in 140 countries said they helped a stranger, and record numbers of people volunteered their time. The numbers of people worldwide giving money was very slightly up.
Overall, Myanmar was the most generous country on Earth for the third year running. The United States was second, making it the most generous nation in the western world, followed by Australia.
The World Giving Index is compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation, an international charity, with partner offices in South Africa, Brazil, the USA, Canada, Russia, and India as well as the UK.
The CAF World Giving Index records the number of people who helped a stranger in the past month, volunteered their time or gave money to a good cause. This year 148,000 people in 140 countries were surveyed as part of the Gallup World Poll.
- Africa is the continent which has seen the biggest increase in generosity in the past year.
- Disasters and adversity continue to inspire acts of generosity. This year’s index shows high levels of giving in Iraq and Libya despite bloody conflicts, and Nepal, which achieves its highest ranking following the devastating earthquakes of 2015.
- While only five of the G20 appear in the top 20 of the World Giving Index, nine of the happiest countries on Earth do.
The index, now in its seventh year, shows high levels of generosity in countries experiencing civil war, conflict and unrest, showing how the human urge to help others comes through even in some of the most troubled nations on Earth.
In many countries, men are significantly more likely than women to engage in volunteering or helping a stranger. However, at the global level, there is little difference between men and women when it comes to donating money.
The CAF World Giving Index top 10
|Country||CAF World Giving Index Ranking||CAF World Giving Index Score (%)||Helping a stranger score (%)||Donating money score (%)||Volunteering time score (%)|
|United States of America||2||61||73||63||46|
|United Arab Emirates||10||53||75||63||21|
John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, an international charity which helps people and companies give worldwide, said:
“The generosity of people, even in countries suffering from disaster and turmoil, is truly humbling. It’s amazing that more than half the people in the world said they helped a stranger.
“In every county, people have this in-built desire to give and help others. Governments should encourage that spirt of generosity and create the environment in which a strong civil society can flourish allowing people to reach out to those less fortunate than themselves.
“Unconditional gifts of time and money are a life changing force for good in the world. As people become more prosperous and economies grow stronger we have an opportunity to build an ever stronger culture of giving right across the world.”
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