Doing Good Index 2020

The Hong Kong based Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS) has released the second edition of its Doing Good Index (DGI – 2020). The study reveals the vital role of the social sector, and how Asian countries help or hinder it. DGI – 2020 shows not only that governments must do more, but that private/corporate donations must play their part in meeting people’s needs.

Asia has amassed one-third of the world’s wealth, but still has two-thirds of the world’s poor,” says Dr. Ruth Shapiro, Founder and Chief Executive of CAPS. “There is now a unique opportunity to use this newly created wealth to alleviate poverty, protect the environment and promote societal resilience.

According to the study, tax and fiscal policies are a major incentive for charitable giving, but widespread confusion about them frequently holds back donations.

The DGI – 2020 research has surveyed 2,189 Service Delivery Organisations (SDOs) and interviewed 145 country experts across 18 Asian economies: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

GuideStar India and Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy (CAP) have been the India Partners for this study.

Performance on the Doing Good Index is grouped into four clusters: Doing Well, Doing Better, Doing Okay, and Not Doing Enough. Each of these can be thought of as representing the distance left to travel toward a strong, thriving infrastructure for private social investment.

Interestingly in South Asia, while India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka falls under the “doing ok” cluster, Pakistan falls under “doing better”.

The Economy Profiles are in-depth and  thought-provoking. They tell the story of each economy. Each profile is a deeper dive into the state of the social sector, recent changes, rising trends, and some history. The India profile has been authored by Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy.

The DGI – 2020 Report can be downloaded at:


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