Most Generous Nation
Indonesia has been named the world’s most generous nation in the 2018 World Giving Index, replacing Myanmar, which dropped to ninth place after holding the top spot since 2014. The annual index, which has been compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) since 2010, measures the generosity of 146 countries, with a combined population of around 5.2 billion people, by evaluating Gallup World Poll data based on surveys of different aspects of life, including giving behavior. The index allocates scores for various actions, such as helping strangers, donating money and volunteering, with Indonesia having scored 46 percent, 78 percent and 53 percent, respectively.
“Indonesia tops the CAF World Giving Index for the first time. While its three individual giving scores are largely unchanged from last year, it has moved into the top spot,” the foundation said in a statement on Tuesday. The foundation said it used data from polling carried out last year, so this year’s index did not include any actions following the recent natural disasters in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi. Indonesia is also leads in volunteering, followed by Liberia and Kenya, at 47 percent and 45 percent, respectively.