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Published: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 7:25:09 AM

S’pore jumps up in Giving Index, but lacks in helping strangers

SINGAPORE has vaulted up 50 spots to rank 64th in the Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) World Giving Index this year, thanks mainly to a rise in the number of people donating. But findings showed that Singapore is still trailing when it comes to lending strangers a helping hand, coming in 134th out of 135 countries and territories.

This is the country’s best showing yet since the index was launched in 2010. Singapore was ranked 91st in the World Giving Index in 2010 and 2011. Last year, it fell to the bottom rungs of the index, at 114th out of 146 countries and territories.

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

Singapore has improved on two fronts: volunteering and donating. More than one in two, or 55%, gave to charity in the month before they were surveyed, almost double the 29% in the 2012 report.

More Singaporeans are also volunteering: 17%, up from 8 % the previous year. But the number of Singaporeans helping strangers has not improved.

In last year’s index, Singapore took the 140th position, with only 24% of Singaporeans helping strangers out.

This year’s index saw no increase, placing Singapore in second last place, saved from rock bottom only by Cambodia.

The United States, where 77% of people – the highest rate among those polled – have helped strangers, came out tops in this year’s report. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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