Sri Lanka has been ranked 8th in the World Giving Index for 2015, improving by a ranking from last year (placed 9th in 2014) and continuing to feature amongst the Top 10 generous countries in the world, a global survey of charitable giving conducted on 135 nations revealed.

According to the UK’s Charities Aid Foundation, which produces the index, Myanmar is ranked first — because of high religious observance in the country — followed by the US, New Zealand, Canada and Australia.

Overall, the top 10 most generous countries are:

  1. Myanmar
  2. United States of America
  3. New Zealand
  4. Canada
  5. Australia
  6. United Kingdom
  7. Netherlands
  8. Sri Lanka
  9. Ireland
  10. Malaysia

The CAF World Giving Index, now in its sixth year, is a leading authority on global generosity. By measuring three different kinds of giving, it provides a simple and universally understood picture of charitable behaviour across the world.

The CAF World Giving Index is scored by averaging the percentage of people in each country who donated money, volunteered or helped a stranger in the previous month. For this year’s report 145 countries were surveyed, representing around 96% of the world’s population.

“This year there are encouraging signs that, despite continuing economic uncertainty, people are more willing to donate money. Young people especially are participating more in all three kinds of giving than any other age group,” the website said.

What are the key findings?

  • Myanmar, the United States and New Zealand are the top three in the CAF World Giving Index 2015.
  • Participation in donating money and helping a stranger has risen this year, whilst volunteering has seen a small downturn.
  • For the first time in six years of the World Giving Index, we’ve found that men are more likely to donate money than women.
  • Behaviour in a few very large countries has significantly impacted the numbers of people giving worldwide.
  • Cultural and religious practices, as well as disruptive events, are at the root of a number of big changes seen this year.
  • Despite their highly developed economies, only five G20 countries are in this year’s Top 20, reminding us that economic prosperity does not automatically lead to a rise in generosity.