UAE is 10th most generous country, says World Giving Index

UAE is 10th most generous country, says World Giving Index
Published: 26 October 2016 - 5:23 a.m.

The UAE has been named the 10th most generous country in the world, according to the CAF World Giving Index published on Tuesday.

For the first time since the index began, more than half of people in 140 countries said they helped a stranger, and record numbers of people volunteered their time, the report said.

The numbers of people worldwide giving money was very slightly up, it added.

Overall, Myanmar was named the most generous country globally for the third year running, followed by the United States and Australia. New Zealand, Sir Lanka, Canada, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and Ireland made up the rest of the top 10.

The CAF World Giving Index, the leading comparative study of global generosity, records the number of people who helped a stranger in the past month, volunteered their time or gave money to a good cause.

In the UAE, 75 percent of people said they had helped a stranger while 63 percent said they had donated money and 21 percent claimed to have volunteered their time to a good cause.

This year 148,000 people in 140 countries were surveyed as part of the Gallup World Poll.

Findings included Africa as the continent which has seen the biggest increase in generosity in the past year while only five of the G20 appear in the top 20 of the index.

The index, now in its seventh year, showed high levels of generosity in some countries experiencing civil war, conflict and unrest.

John Low, CEO of the Charities Aid Foundation, an international charity which helps people and companies give worldwide, said:

“The generosity of people, even in countries suffering from disaster and turmoil, is truly humbling. It’s amazing that more than half the people in the world said they helped a stranger.

“In every country, people have this in-built desire to give and help others. Governments should encourage that spirt of generosity and create the environment in which a strong civil society can flourish allowing people to reach out to those less fortunate than themselves.

“Unconditional gifts of time and money are a life changing force for good in the world. As people become more prosperous and economies grow stronger we have an opportunity to build an ever stronger culture of giving right across the world.”

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