Kenya is the most generous country in Africa, a new report shows. It is also the second most improved country globally and the 11th overall, with 47 per cent.
According to the World Giving Index (10th edition) released on Tuesday by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), more than half of Kenyans donate money to charity.
The study looked at how people in 125 countries give their time and money to causes that they care about over the last decade.
CAF chief executive officer John Low said the survey, conducted by Gallup and involving views of more than 1.3 million people in more than 125 countries, took place between 2009 and 2018.
Kenya came second after Indonesia as the most improved countries overall, having increased their index score by an average of 19 points each. Singapore came a distant third.
“In Kenya, more than half of people donated money to charity, while Indonesia now has more people helping a stranger than at any time in the last 10 years,” states the world’s largest survey of charitable endeavours.
Kenya topped in Africa as the most improved country and in terms of the 10-year aggregate scores where it compares favourably with rich Western and Eastern countries.
In the 10-year aggregate, the United States of America (USA) is the world’s most generous country with 58 per cent, followed closely by New Zealand (57 per cent), Ireland (56 per cent), United Kingdom (54 per cent) and Sri Lanka (51 per cent).
South Africa came sixth among the most improved, with Rwanda settling for eighth.
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 per cent of men versus 46 per cent of women) but they are equally likely to have donated money (29 per cent of men and women).
Among the countries that improved most, half are from Asia, three from Africa and one each from Europe and North America. This illustrates that the culture of giving is not limited to a particular culture or religion.