One of the most remarkable footprints of technology on local giving practices in Africa has been the increase in access to giving platforms. Most CSOs, especially in West Africa over the years have relied heavily on foreign donors and international aid institutions, with limited participation from local philanthropies. Nonetheless, the upsurge of online giving podiums and mobile apps has made it easier to donate any amount, however small. Anyone of any age and from any economic background can engage in local philanthropy. The satisfaction of helping others, even if only in small increments, is available to all. For instance, online giving platforms like M-Changa have made it possible for anyone with internet access to donate to a range of causes they believe in. This is particularly important in West Africa, where many people do not have access to traditional banking services.
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