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Gallup: The 2018 World’s most generous countries report

In this season of giving, helping others isn’t always a monetary act.

With insights from 146 countries, Gartner allows us to discover in which ones people are most likely to lend a helping hand, whether through volunteerism, charitable donations or kindness to strangers.

The 2018 World’s Most Generous Countries Report tracks the charitable inclinations of more than 153,000 adults.

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This report can assist global leaders with one of the most important tasks they face — encouraging citizens to share responsibility and be willing participants in helping solve problems in their communities.

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Quick results

Last year, 53% of Indonesians said they had volunteered their time to an organization in the past month.

Almost 1 billion people worldwide reported volunteering their time to an organization in the past month.

Nearly 1.4 billion said they donated money to a charity and more than 2 billion reported helping a stranger in need.

“While it’s not their primary motivation, the 2 billion people working to make the world a better place will also be helping themselves in the process. Recent research demonstrates that being charitable with your time and money boosts your own wellbeing,” said Gallup.

“On average, more than four in 10 people worldwide said they had helped a stranger or someone they didn’t know who was in need (43%), while far fewer said they had donated money (27%) or had volunteered their time (18%). These figures have been stable for the past decade.”

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Tabulation and interpretation

Gallup compiles the “positive” responses to questions into a Civic Engagement Index score for each country.

The higher the score, the higher the proportion of the population that is civically engaged. The index score for the world overall in 2017 is 30 out of a possible 100.

Country scores ranged widely, from a high of 59 in Indonesia and Australia to a low of 15 in Yemen. Indonesia and Australia have consistently appeared in the top 10 countries with the highest civic engagement scores in the past several years, and their scores in 2017 were not much different from 2016.

Although Gallup finds a strong connection between the Civic Engagement Index and per capita GDP, the countries with the most civically engaged populations in the world are not always the wealthiest. Lower-middle-income Indonesia topped the list in 2017, and lower-middle-income countries Kenya and Myanmar also made an appearance among the countries with the highest scores on the index.