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‘Pakistan doesn't care for its poor even during pandemic’

New report reveals the world’s kindest countries

02:08 PM | 19 Nov, 2021
‘Pakistan doesn't care for its poor even during pandemic’

ISLAMABAD – The World Giving Index issued by the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) listed Pakistan at 107, a fall of 13 places from 2019, in a list of 114 nations.

When it comes to charitable giving, the South Asian country of around 221 million is said to be a generous nation that has been running the world's largest volunteer ambulance service for almost three decades. However, a recent report shows Pakistanis are giving less and less even in Covid pandemic.

The CAF Index includes three aspects of giving behaviour and asks: Have you done any of the following in the past month? Helped a stranger, or someone you didn’t know who needed help? And donated money to a charity?

As for the three behaviours that determine the overall score of a country, Pakistan scored 42 percent in ‘helping a stranger’, 24 percent in donating money and only 8 percent in volunteering time.

As local communities around the world mobilised to help unprivileged citizens during the pandemic, Pakistan’s ranking in the recent Index is deprived.

Globally, Indonesia, Nigeria, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Kosovo ranked among most generous countries and interestingly, poor countries like Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana also made it to the top countries in the CAF 2021 index.

The world’s most generous countries 

The index is produced by the CAF every year to ascertain how people across the globe contribute to charity. The first CAF World Giving Index was published in the wake of the global financial crisis, while the latest one revealed how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted giving around the world.

The World Giving Index is issued by an international non-profit organisation, which looks at effective giving and generosity. It is mainly based on data from Gallup’s World View World Poll, an ongoing research project carried out in more than 100 countries.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76

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