A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 180 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 81 countries worldwide, and 186 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, Spanish – t.me/RoscongressEsp and Arabic t.me/RosCongressArabic. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation:roscongress.org.

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CAF World Giving Index 2018: A global view of giving trends

The CAF World Giving Index is an integrated index which measures giving behaviors of people in various countries of the world. The scores are calculated based on the results of a series of surveys. As part of the surveys, respondents are asked whether they have done any of the following in the past month:
  • donated money to a charity;
  • volunteered their time to an organization;
  • helped a stranger, or someone they didn’t know who needed help.
The initiative was launched in 2010 by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), an international charity registered in the United Kingdom. The survey is carried out every two or three years.

The CAF World Giving Index 2018 includes data from 146 countries that was collected throughout 2017. According to the report, Indonesia tops the CAF World Giving Index for the first time. Whilst Indonesia’s three individual giving scores are largely unchanged since last year when the country came in second place, it now moves into the top spot vacated by Myanmar, which has dropped down to ninth place after four years at number one on the Index.

Significantly more people across the globe reported helping a stranger and volunteering time in 2017, whilst the proportion of respondents who donated money has declined for the second year in a row.

The proportion of people across the world who donated money in 2017 — when the research for this year’s report was conducted — is still at its lowest level since 2013. Donating money has increased amongst those from developed nations (from 40% to 42%), but has declined amongst developing countries (from 25% to 24%). It has also declined amongst the older age groups who have historically been the most likely to give in this way.

Scores of the top 20 Western countries bounce back. Last year, every Western country in the top 20 had a lower CAF World Giving Index score. This decline has now been largely reversed, with most of those same countries now more in line with earlier Index scores before 2016. When taken as a group, developed countries have seen an improvement across all three scores (donating money, volunteering, and helping a stranger).

The giving gap between continents has narrowed in recent years. An upward trend for Africa coupled with a slight decrease for the Americas and a fairly flat trend elsewhere has led to a narrowing of the giving gap between the continents. Excluding Oceania (which in this survey is made up of only Australia and New Zealand) the gap between the lowest scoring continent, Africa, and the second highest scoring continent, Asia, has narrowed to just one percentage point. This compares to six percentage points five years ago.
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