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Top 10 Most Generous Countries in Africa, 2018

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According to CAF World Giving 2018 Index, Kenya is the most generous country in Africa, while Nigeria the giant of Africa is the second most generous country in Africa.

Top 10 Most Generous Countries in Africa, 2018

The CAF World Giving Index look is an index that looks at how and why people around the world give to charity. In this, the latest edition of the CAF World Giving Index, data were collected from 146 countries, which represents over 90% of the world’s population.

The report includes questions about three different types of giving behaviour, with each country ranked according to their answers to:

  • Helping a stranger
  • Donating money
  • Volunteering time

“The questions that make up the Index focus on the universal – do we give money or time or do we help strangers in need. It confounds traditional views of the link between wealth and generosity, confirming what we all surely know: that giving is about spirit and inner motivation, not about financial means.” Sir John Low, Chief Executive, CAF

The Index questioned 150,000 people in 146 countries on whether they had helped a stranger in the past month, volunteered their time or gave money to a good cause as part of Gallup’s World Poll.

According to the study, Africa has seen an increase in all three giving behaviours, for the second year running, compared to its five year average.

Kenya sees more people donate than any other African nation, with 46% of those questioned having given financially to charity in the last year. Nigeria (36%), Mauritius (42%), and Zambia (35%) are also in the top ten for donating money.

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Top 10 Most Generous Countries in Africa, 2018

10. South Africa

WGI score: 41%
Helping a stranger score: 72
Donating money score: 17
Volunteering time score: 34

9. Ghana

WGI score: 42%
Helping a stranger score: 62
Donating money score: 30
Volunteering time score: 36

8. The Gambia

WGI score: 44%
Helping a stranger score: 74
Donating money score: 28
Volunteering time score: 30

7. Libya

WGI score: 45%
Helping a stranger score: 83
Donating money score: 28
Volunteering time score: 24

6. Mauritius

WGI score: 46%
Helping a stranger score: 57
Donating money score: 42
Volunteering time score: 38

5. Zambia

WGI score: 46%
Helping a stranger score: 70
Donating money score: 35
Volunteering time score: 34

4. Sierra Leone

WGI score: 47%
Helping a stranger score: 80
Donating money score: 23
Volunteering time score: 37

3. Liberia
WGI score: 47%
Helping a stranger score: 80
Donating money score: 14
Volunteering time score: 47

2. Nigeria

WGI score: 48%
Helping a stranger score: 71
Donating money score: 36
Volunteering time score: 37

1. Kenya

WGI score: 54%
Helping a stranger score: 72%
Donating money score: 46%
Volunteering time score: 45%

Methodology

To establish a rounded measure of giving behaviour across the world, the CAF World Giving Index relies on a simple averaging of the responses from the three key questions asked in each country.

  • Helping a stranger
  • Donating money
  • Volunteering time

Each country is given a percentage score and countries are ranked on the basis of these scores. The Index measures countries by proportion of population giving rather than how much they give.

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