“Challenge Accepted” – IBM and Global Citizen want to re-organize flow of humanitarian aid

Blockchain technologies, while still a new concept to many industrial markets are increasingly viewed as a solution how to manage humanitarian aid. Now IBM and  Global Citizen, an advocacy group, have teamed up for a challenge to developers: Look into to how we can use blockchain to help the extremely poor.

There are a number of reasons driving this development:

  • Firstly, blockchain technologies are specifically interesting for the Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives. A number of global logistics projects want to use the technology to track the flow of goods. One goal is to manage hand-offs much better. Currently a huge amount of paperwork and manual tracking has to be performed for the flow of goods around the world. Tracing flows of goods is seen as a potentially key advantage of blockchain.
  • Secondly, blockchain can help to determine identities, even when standard documents like passports or other means of identification are not available. A UN refugees program at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan already uses the technology in a camp grocery store. Once registered people getting food or other help can be identified using biometric scanners. Combined with blockchain data tracking of who got what and when the technology is hoped to contribute to the fair distribution of goods in humanitarian aid.

“Challenge Accepted” wants to activate developers to come up with new solutions

The new challenge, initiated by “Global Citizen” in partnership with IBM wants to explore what other uses could be possible. The project is called “Challenge Accepted”. The contest runs from May 15 to July 14, 2018. The idea is to explore possible uses of blockchain technologies for transparency, better tracking the flow of money and goods destined to help the extremely poor around the world.

Quote from the website, which is hosted by IBM:

“Imagine if every citizen had the confidence that philanthropic commitments were being honored. What if resources were in fact going to the people with the greatest needs and that every dollar donated and spent was making a real impact. Wouldn’t a more transparent system incentivize people to give more?”, Source: IBM/Global Citizen

Video presenting Global Citizen approach

Challenge Accepted: IBM and Global Citizen project

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