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).
13 January 2020
Community Inclusion Currencies White Paper
This paper proposes the creation of community currencies using blockchain technology to enable communities to develop and trade their own form of credit.
1 October 2019
Community Inclusion Currencies: Lasting Solutions with Early Action and Resilience Financing
Organisation:Danish Red Cross
Community Inclusion Currencies are blockchain-based eVouchers that community members use to buy and sell basic needs.
11 July 2019
Evernym – Building the future of Identity
A curated community of organizations building the future of identity. The IFRC are members of the Evernym Accelerator programme
11 July 2019
ID2020 Digital Identity Alliance
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.
11 July 2019
The Official Libra white paper
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
28 February 2019
Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in the humanitarian sector
This report highlights current uses, knowledge and evidence gaps around Distributed Ledger Technologies for humanitarian purposes, and outlines a series of recommendations.
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