Kenya, Liberia ranked amongst the most generous nations whilst Europe is the most unlikely place to ask for help

In most African countries helping a stranger is the most common giving behaviour but the same cannot be said about Europe.

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  • The UK-based Charities Aid Foundation ranked Kenya amongst the 10 most generous nations in the world and the only African country in the top ten.
  • In most African countries helping a stranger is the most common giving behaviour but the same cannot be said about Europe.

The UK-based Charities Aid Foundation ranked Kenya amongst the 10 most generous nations in the world and the only African country in the top ten.

Kenya was ranked eight out of 146 countries surveyed in the CAF World Giving Index 2018 based on three key criteria – helping a stranger, donating money and volunteering for good causes.

The report said that 72 percent of Kenyans were prepared to help a stranger, 46 percent donated money and 45 percent gave up their own time to volunteer according to the data collected throughout 2017.

Oceania recorded the highest rates of helping a strange by hitting 65 percent followed by Africa at 58 percent whilst Europe has the lowest prevalence at 44 percent.

Europe also has the lowest rates of volunteering (19 percent) of any of the other continents.

Indonesia still has the highest proportion of its people volunteering with a score of 53%, followed by Liberia in second place and Kenya in third place.

Over the past decade, there has been an upward trend for Africa in terms of generosity towards those in need as Africa’s middle class continues to grow.

“With as many as 2.4 billion people set to join the world’s middle classes by 2030, it is crucial that we ensure that the groundwork is put in place to support and encourage a mass engagement in giving,” the report said.

The CAF report found out that while those in developed countries are the most likely to donate money (42 percent), those in developing countries are the most likely to have helped a stranger (54 percent).

Volunteering time has largely similar participation levels across both the developed (24 percent) and developing (21 percent) countries.

“We estimate that if the world’s middle classes were to give just 0.5% of their spending that could amount to $319 billion in resources for civil society organisations annually in 2030.”

The most likely age group globally to have helped a stranger are those aged 30-49 years, followed closely by the youngest age group, 15 - 29 year olds.

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