Survey shows Africa as a generous continent
The 2017 World Giving Index shows wealth and generosity not linked
LONDON, U.K. — Parts of Africa may need humanitarian assistance, but the continent’s citizens are among the only in the world to give more this year than last, according to the World Giving Index, released this month by the U.K.-based Charities Aid Foundation.
The eighth edition of the study — which this year focused on 139 countries — found that giving is on the decline globally, and there isn’t necessarily a link between wealth and generosity.
The survey asked about giving money (down 1.8 percent) and time (down 0.8 percent) to help others. “It confounds traditional views of the link between wealth and generosity, confirming what we all surely know: that giving is about spirit and inner motivation, not about financial means,” says Sir John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation.
The most generous countries this year are Myanmar, Indonesia and Kenya with New Zealand, the U.S. and Australia not far behind.
As a result of the report, the Charities Aid Foundation is calling on governments, funders and civil organizations to promote positive change and policies to ensure those who need assistance around the world are better placed to receive the care they need.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada continues to work with governments and partner organizations around the world to effect lasting positive change in the lives of children, their families and their communities thanks to the generous support of our donors — who buck this trend.
About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For nearly 60 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, supporters and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.