Distributed Ledger Technology and Blockchain

Blockchain and the wider category of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) claim to provide a more transparent, accountable, efficient and secure way of exchanging information.

Proponents suggest DLTs can address common problems of non-profit organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), such as transparency, efficiency, scale and sustainability (Accenture, 2017).

The resources in this section relate specifically to this area of innovation and research within the RCRCM and wider humanitarian sector.

In May 2018, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in collaboration with the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) conducted the Blockchain Open Loop Payments Pilot Project in Isiolo County, Kenya assisting over two thousand households affected by drought. The objective was to explore the risks and benefits of blockchain technology for humanitarian cash transfer programming (CTP).

Search results

13 January 2020

Community Inclusion Currencies White Paper

Type:

Research

Organisation:

Grassroots Economics

This paper proposes the creation of community currencies using blockchain technology to enable communities to develop and trade their own form of credit.

  • Cash technology
  • Blockchain and DLT

1 October 2019

Community Inclusion Currencies: Lasting Solutions with Early Action and Resilience Financing

Type:

Research

Organisation:

Danish Red Cross

Community Inclusion Currencies are blockchain-based eVouchers that community members use to buy and sell basic needs.

  • Cash technology
  • Blockchain and DLT

11 July 2019

Evernym – Building the future of Identity

Type:

Research

Organisation:

Evernym

A curated community of organizations building the future of identity. The IFRC are members of the Evernym Accelerator programme

  • Blockchain and DLT
  • Cash technology

11 July 2019

ID2020 Digital Identity Alliance

Type:

Article

Organisation:

ID2020

Cash programmes are not unique in needing a safe, secure and trusted means of identifying people. Systems of identification are archaic, insecure and lack adequate privacy protection. Through a multi-stakeholder partnership, ID2020 aims to ensure that digital ID is responsibly implemented and widely accessible.

  • Cash technology
  • Blockchain and DLT

11 July 2019

The Official Libra white paper

Type:

Article

Organisation:

Libra Association

This document outlines the plans of the Libra Association for a new decentralized blockchain, a low-volatility asset backed cryptocurrency, and a smart contract platform

  • Blockchain and DLT
  • Cash technology

28 February 2019

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in the humanitarian sector

Type:

Research

Organisation:

ODI

This report highlights current uses, knowledge and evidence gaps around Distributed Ledger Technologies for humanitarian purposes, and outlines a series of recommendations.

  • Cash technology
  • Blockchain and DLT

In partnership with:

British Red Cross