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By Fredrick Obura and Reuters | Published Thu, September 7th 2017 at 09:31, Updated September 7th 2017 at 15:24 GMT +3
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NAIROBI, KENYA: The country jumped from twelfth place to third position after Indonesia and Myanmar in the World Giving Index.

“A star performer was the East African nation of Kenya, which jumped from twelfth to third place in a single year,” said Charities Aid Foundation.

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The index is primarily based on data from a global poll of 146,000 respondents by market research firm Gallup.

It discovered that Africa among other poor continents continued to grow more generous bucking the trend of otherwise declining signs of charity worldwide.

Africa was in a 2016 survey the only continent to report a continent-wide increase of its index generosity score when compared to its five-year average.

The score is a combined measure of respondents in 139 countries who were asked whether they had given money to a good cause, volunteered their time and helped a stranger.

“Despite the many challenges our continent is facing, it is encouraging to see that generosity continues to grow,” said Gill Bates, Southern Africa’s CEO for the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) that commissioned the poll.

But globally, donating money and helping a stranger fell by nearly 2 percent, while volunteering dropped about 1 percent, the index showed.

From the United States to Switzerland and Singapore to Denmark, the index showed that the planet’s 10 richest countries by GDP per capita, for which data was available, saw declines 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.

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Nine in ten of those surveyed in the Southeast Asian nation said they had donated money during the previous month.

Indonesia ranked second on the combined measure of generosity, overtaking the United States which held that position in last year’s index.

Yemen, the Middle East’s poorest country, which has been grappling with the effects of civil war ranked bottom of the World Giving Index.

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