Indians have become more generous with a larger number of people lending a helping hand to others during last year, according to a new study on generosity that ranks more than 140 countries.
The World Giving Index 2016 that was released on Monday ranked India at 91 - an improvement from last year’s 106th - and is placed just above Pakistan and Bangladesh.
However, it still scores significantly lower than some of its neighbours like Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal.
About 43% Indians reported helping someone they didn’t know in 2015, up from 37% in 2014, in the global poll by market research firm Gallup and commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
According to Gallup, it interviewed 3,000 Indians between April 3 and May 14, 2015, in 11 languages - Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Assamese. The survey excluded those living in the northeast states and on remote islands.
Myanmar was once again ranked first in the combined rankings having held the top spot on its own in 2015 and jointly with the United States in 2014. Myanmar’s 2016 overall score is 70%, improving on the record high of 66% it achieved last year.
The US ranked second, making it the most generous nation in the West, followed by Australia.
China came last in the overall rankings with a score of 11%.
World Giving Index
Since its inception in 2010, the CAF has been measuring the World Giving Index by looking at three measures of giving: the percentage of people who have helped a stranger, donated money to a charity or volunteered their time in the last one month.
At least 1,48,000 people in 140 countries were surveyed last year.
Here is the complete breakdown of the points scored under the three heads by different countries.