Kenyans are some of the most generous people in the world, a yearly global index of charitable giving released this week has indicated.
According to the report, more than 70% of Kenyans regularly donate money to a good cause, volunteer to work for free, and often help strangers, says the World Giving Index 2017, which has ranked Kenya at position three out of 139 countries surveyed.
Uganda on the other hand appeared among top ten countries who lend hand to strangers. Uganda is ranked 8th . At least 76 percent of population are expected to help strangers.
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is a leading international charity registered in the United Kingdom, with a presence in nine countries covering six continents.
Kenya’s World Giving Index score has increased eight percentage points from 52% to 60%, driven by improvements across each of the three giving behaviours. The country improved from position 12 last year driven by improvements across each of the three giving behaviours.
Data collected from 139 countries around the world was evaluated to find out which countries are the most generous, according to three types of behaviour: Giving money to a good cause, volunteering their time and helping a stranger. The ongoing research project carried out in 139 countries in 2016 together represent around 95% of the world’s population (around 5.2 billion people). The survey asks questions on many different aspects of life today including giving behaviour
Kenya’s third score globally was driven by helping strangers after Myanmar and Indonesia which are the most generous countries in the world, driven by donating for a good cause.
Kenyans’ giving nature has been boosted by M-Changa, a mobile phone application run by telco giant Safaricom, that allows users to create a network of fund-raisers, donate money to good causes and keep the user updated on how the collection goes.
In 2016, Kenya was ranked at position 12 globally, falling for the first time outside of the top 10 globally since 2011.
This was because interviewing took place just five months after 148 people were murdered in the Garissa University College terror attack in April 2015.
In the World Giving Index 2017 ranking, Uganda was at position 22, Tanzania was at 63, South Sudan at position 73, and Rwanda at 101.
Unlike the generally presumed notion that women are nurturing, according to this report, men were more likely to help a stranger compared to women as men were four percentage points ahead of the women when it came to giving a hand to an unfamiliar person.
Tanzania had the largest gender differential overall in the world as the report found 62 per cent of Tanzanian men helped a stranger compared to 44 per cent of women.
The index showed that the planet’s 10 richest countries by GDP per capita, like the United States, Switzerland, Singapore and Denmark, registered a decline in their generosity index score.
Myanmar, for the fourth consecutive year, held the top position of the World Giving Index as the most generous country as it had nine in 10 of those surveyed saying they had donated money during the previous month.
The charitable activity that people in developed countries are most likely to engage in is donating money (40%) whereas those in developing countries are most likely to help a stranger (52%).
Sierra Leone, one of the least developed countries in the world, has seen a steady improvement in its score for helping a stranger since 2013, when 63% of the population participated in this way. The ebola crisis of 2014, a decline in iron ore prices, and the subsequent economic contraction in 2015, do not appear to have dampened the spirit of giving in this country. Sierra Leone is one of this year’s most improved countries, driven by an increase in all three activites but particularly volunteering time.