- Kenya has been ranked among the most generous nations in the world in a new study
- The study also found that six out of ten people have helped a stranger in the past month
- The research surveyed 1.3 million people in 128 countries in total over a decade
- Kenya also came second after Indonesia as the most improved countries globally
- South Africa came sixth among the most improved, with Rwanda settling for eighth
Kenya has been ranked among the most generous nations in the world according to a benchmark report on charitable giving across the globe.
The report by the World Giving Index (10th edition) released on Tuesday, October 15, by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), more than half of Kenyans donate money to charity.
According to the report released on the organisation's website, CAF surveyed 1.3 million people in 128 countries over a decade.
“In Kenya, more than half of people donated money to charity,” states the report
Kenya also came second after Indonesia as the most improved countries overall, having increased their index score by an average of 19 points each.
Kenya is the only African country in the top 15 generous nations, with Nigeria ranked number 22 and Zambia 32.
South Africa came sixth among the most improved, with Rwanda settling for eighth.
In the helping strangers category, Kenya scored fourth — with 68%— out of 10 countries, six of which were African.
In donating money, Kenya ranked position 34 with 38% while in volunteering time, it was 13th with 37% .
According to the report, men are generally more likely to help the destitute than women.
“In the past decade, men are more likely than women to help a stranger (49% of men versus 46% of women) but 29% of men and women are equally likely to have donated money," it sates
"Men are also slightly more likely than women to have volunteered their time (22% of men versus 19% of women on average),” it adds.
The report further reveals that older people are least likely to help a stranger, particularly in the developed world.
However, the tendency to donate money generally increases with age.
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