Blockchain revives lost identities in Jordanian refugee camp

Apr 27, 2018, 7:04 AM EDT
(Source: DFID - UK Department for International Development/flickr)
(Source: DFID - UK Department for International Development/flickr)

In one of the first uses of blockchain for humanitarian aid, the technology is deployed at a Jordanian refugee camp, sheltering Syrians, who fled the bloodshed across the border in pursuit of safety and better life.

Called Building Blocks, the project by the World Food Programme, involves distribution of cash for food, an approach which is more efficient and economical than dispensing food supplies but requires liaising with local or regional banks, writes MIT Technology Review.

The use of this technology addresses one key problem related to humanitarian efforts – establishing an identity for the refugees for inclusion in financial and banking systems. WFP executive Houman Haddad, who conceived this idea, believes that a single digital wallet linked to a blockchain-based identity system would allow refugees to enter the world economy, notes CCN.

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