Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Country Comparisons: Charitable Giving and Global Development


2010 Charities Aid Foundation Rankings

The UK Charities Aid Foundation published an "World Giving Index 2010" in September 2010 which ranks  countries according to the proportion of the public who had, in the previous month, given money to charity, given time to those in need and helped a stranger. Their rankings are:


1 - Australia  57%
1 - New Zealand 57%
3 - Ireland  56%
3 - Canada  56%
5 - Switzerland 55%
5 - USA  55%
7 - Netherlands  54%
8 - United Kingdom 53%
8 - Sri Lanka  53%
10 - Austria 52%
11 - Lao People's Democratic Republic  50%
11 - Sierra Leone 50%
13 - Malta 48%
14 - Iceland 47%
14 - Turkmenistan 47%
16 - Guyana 45%
16 - Qatar 45%
18 - Hong Kong 44%
18 - Germany  44%
18 - Denmark 44%
18 - Guinea 44%

Source: http://www.cafonline.org/pdf/0882A_WorldGivingReport_Interactive_070910.pdf


2006 Charities Aid Foundation Rankings

The UK Charities Aid Foundation published an "International comparisons of charitable giving" in November 2006 which ranks charitable donations by country as a % of GDP. Their rankings are:

USA - 1.67%
UK - 0.73%
Canada - 0.72%
Australia - 0.69%
South Africa - 0.64%
Rep. of Ireland - 0.47%
Netherlands - 0.45%
Singapore - 0.29%
New Zealand - 0.29%
Turkey - 0.23%
Germany - 0.22%
France - 0.14%

Note that this is donations as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product, and is not donations per capita.

Source: http://www.cafonline.org/pdf/International%20Comparisons%20of%20Charitable%20Giving.pdf

2009 Center for Global Development Rankings

The Commitment to Development Index (CDI) rates 22 rich countries on how much they help poor countries build prosperity, good government, and security. Each rich country gets scores in seven policy areas, which are averaged for an overall score.

1 - Sweden
2 - Denmark
3 - Netherlands
4 - Norway
5 - New Zealand
6 - Ireland
7 - Spain
8 - Australia
9 - Austria
10 - Finland
11 - Canada
12 - United Kingdom
13 - Germany
14 - France
15 - Belgium
16 - Portugal
17 - United States
18 - Greece
19 - Italy
20 - Switzerland
21 - Japan
22 - South Korea

Source: http://www.cgdev.org/section/initiatives/_active/cdi/

2008 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Rankings

Ranking of donor country contributions to international Official Development Assistance (ODA) by percentage of Gross National Income as at December 2009:

Sweden - 0.98%
Luxembourg - 0.97%
Norway - 0.88%
Denmark - 0.82%
Netherlands - 0.80%
Ireland - 0.59%
Belgium - 0.48%
Spain - 0.45%
Finland - 0.44%
United Kingdom - 0.43%
Austria - 0.43%
Switzerland - 0.42%
France - 0.39%
Germany - 0.38%
Canada - 0.32%
Australia - 0.32%
New Zealand - 0.30%
Portugal - 0.27%
Italy - 0.22%
Greece - 0.21%
Japan - 0.19%
United States - 0.19%

Note that this is official government aid and does not include private donations.

Sources: http://www.oecd.org/document/9/0,3343,en_2649_34447_1893129_1_1_1_1,00.html and refer also to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_charitable_countries. Also see http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=984021 for more statistics.

2005 Boxing Day Tsunami Donations

Following the Boxing Day Tsunami (26 December 2004), private donations made to the tsunami appeal in the first 15 days were ranked by the UK Guardian newspaper in £ per head of population:

Norway -  £7.06
Sweden  - £6.44
Netherlands - £4.90
Australia - £2.80
Germany - £2.77
Saudi Arabia - £2.14
Canada - £1.99
Austria - £1.67
Britain - £1.65
Greece - £1.11
United States - 58p
France - 43p

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/jan/16/tsunami2004.internationalaidanddevelopment2

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