Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) released the 2016 World Giving Index, with a finding that the world is becoming ever more generous compared to the records made in the seven years of the CAF World Giving Index. As one of the main conclusions, the 2016 World Giving Index notes that at a global level, helping a stranger continues to be the most common way to give with more than half of people globally helping a stranger in the month prior to interview, and increase of participation levels for helping a stranger across all levels of economic development. From the countries in the Western Balkans region, only Kosovo marks improvements both within the overall and the three specific rankings. In fact, Kosovo, along with Turkmenistan, are the most improved countries both in terms of increase in overall score and ranking, which are both up by 56 places. These two countries saw significant drops in 2015 to their lowest ranking recorded, and the increase this year likely represents a return to a similar level of ranking that they had previously attained, but it may also be due to the interviewing taking place shortly after the holy month of Ramadan. Apart from Kosovo, the only improvements in the regions have been marked when it comes to helping a stranger in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia by 35, 35 and 28 percentage-points respectively. All the other countries mark decrease in generosity with the starkest being notable for Bosnia and Herzegovina, which along with China and Egypt, is one of the three countries ranked at the bottom for the ranking about volunteering. More information and the full report are available here.
Source: Charities Aid Foundation