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The largest use of blockchain technology in the humanitarian sector
Fair and fast distribution of food and other necessities to refugees
The programme is a blockchain network ordered by a non-profit NGO that connects various humanitarian organizations providing assistance in refugee camps around the world.
This initiative is the largest use of blockchain technology in the humanitarian sector and operates in Jordan, Bangladesh and Lebanon – it aims to make the distribution of food and other necessities to people who need them fair and fast, giving them more independence to choose the items they need.
Since 2017, the non-profit NGO has been working with other humanitarian organisations to bring cash-based assistance to refugees through blockchain technology.
The Programme, which currently operates in three Middle Eastern countries with a large amount of refugees due to armed conflicts, aims to make the distribution of food and other necessities to people who need them fair and fast, giving them more independence to choose the items they need.
Bright Inventions helps out by providing blockchain technology
Bright Inventions works closely with the NGO to provide them with the back-end technology, mobile application, blockchain integration, maintenance of the system, project management and more.
Blockchains are decentralised systems, meaning transactions can be processed without the need for third party banks or financial institutions.
In the context of humanitarian aid, blockchain-based assistance allows for fair distribution because all organisations can operate the same system equally, transferring cash value for different items through the system to one beneficiary account. This means refugees are not managing multiple food vouchers, tokens or bank cards for each organisation they receive aid from.
Transactions carried out on the blockchain take around five to eight seconds. Refugees are identified either through a biometric – by scanning an iris or fingerprint – or through a QR code, which is matched up to an official global database.
This case study is based on interviews with both the customer and the provider of the service. The NGO asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.
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