India is one of the world’s top 20 most giving countries. In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, the country ranked 14th in the World Giving Index (WGI) 2021. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) poll highlighted the impact of COVID-induced lockdowns, inspiring people to provide a helping hand to those in need.
India has surpassed its 10-year world rank of 82. According to The New Indian Express report, the improvement in India may be attributed to people of all ages and genders. At least 61% of Indians assisted strangers. Meanwhile, 34% volunteered for a good cause and 36% provided money.
“This revelation comes at a time when India is experiencing a serious COVID outbreak. It is also encouraging to see India’s farewell on the Index. It gives me a lot of hope to see individuals generously donating money and effort to numerous organizations, including COVID relief.” CAF India Chief Executive Meenakshi Batra told The New Indian Express.
She also noted that during last year’s statewide lockdown, which coincided with the rise of the migrant issue, various individuals, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), resident welfare associations (RWAs), and community institutions such as Gurdwaras stepped forward to assist them.
Then which country ranked the top?
Indonesia gets the highest overall Index score of 69 percent. Other nations, including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, and Kosovo, have risen in the rankings and made their first appearance in the top ten. During the epidemic, communities around the world offered to assist fellow residents, resulting in the highest ‘helped a stranger’ figures since 2009.
In 2020, more than half of the world’s adults (about 55% of all adults) were reported to be assisting a stranger. Western countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands, on the other hand, dropped out of the top ten. Australia and New Zealand, where the survey was done weeks before the pandemic’s initial wave, remained in the top ten.
The World Giving Index (WGI) is a global study that provides insight into the breadth and type of giving around the world. It examines three dimensions of giving behavior: have people helped a stranger, donated money, or volunteered for a worthy cause in the previous month? The report comprises the findings of 1.6 million people interviewed around the world since 2009.
(News input: The Logical Indian)