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India is now ranked as the 14th most charitable country in the world as per a report released by the World Giving Index 2021 (WGI).

The report suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has further increased the ‘giving’ trends worldwide.

In fact, India has been recognised among the Top 20 most generous countries across the globe, an improvisation from its earlier 10-year global rank of 82.

The score of India has rapidly improved between 2017 & 2019 while continuing to improve during 2020. This improvement in India was observed across all age groups and both genders.

As per the report, around 61 per cent of Indians helped strangers, 34 per cent volunteered for a good cause while 36 per cent donated money.

The report also highlights that communities across the world mobilised to help fellow citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has resulted in the highest ‘helped a stranger’ numbers since 2009.

Moreover, About 3 billion people, which accounts for 55 per cent of the world’s adults, reported helping someone they didn’t know in 2020.

Australia and New Zealand have maintained their top 10 rankings, the survey here was undertaken weeks before the first wave of the pandemic took hold.

What is World Giving Index?

WGI is a global survey that has interviewed more than 1.6 million people since 2009. It conducts surveys by asking three questions: have they helped a stranger, given money, or volunteered for a good cause in recent month.

It releases an annual report published by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), using data gathered by Gallup and ranks countries in the world according to how charitable they are. The first report was produced in 2010 and this year marks the 10 year anniversary of WGI.