Malaysia makes top 10 list of most generous nations

PETALING JAYA - Malaysians are known for their charitable efforts - the country has been listed as one of the most generous nations in the world.

In the Charity Aid Foundation's (CAF) World Giving Index for 2015 released this month, Malaysia was ranked in the 10th spot and received a score of 52.

The index by Britain-based CAF looks at three measures of giving - donating money, volunteering time, and helping a stranger.

Malaysia scored 62 per cent when it comes to helping strangers, 58 per cent in donating money and 37 per cent in volunteer services.

The countries, which comprise the top 10, remain largely the same as those reported in 2014.

Malaysia, among the most improved countries in 2014, has maintained these increases in giving to remain in the top 20 for this year.

Myanmar is ranked first in the World Giving Index for 2015, having previously shared this position with the US last year.

Their score of 66 per cent achieved is the highest on record. Myanmar once again records the highest incidence of donating money (92 per cent), and this year, it also leads the world in terms of volunteering (50 per cent).

The US comes in second while New Zealand completes the podium. Other countries in the top 10 are Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Ireland.

This year's edition of the World Giving Index presents data from across the globe over a five-year period (2010-2014).

The index includes data from 145 countries that was collected throughout 2014.

CAF is an international charity registered in the United Kingdom, with nine offices covering six continents.

Their mission is to motivate society to give even more effectively and help transform lives and communities around the world.

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