The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, will start to use the blockchain technology in order to transfer money in refugee camps located in Jordan, reported by UN press release.
According to the report, UN Women is working together with the World Food Programme (WFP) and will use the blockchain technology for cash transfers at Za´atari and Azraq camps. The vastly increasing population of both camps is over 115,000.
Female refugees in camps, who partaking the UN Women cash for work program, will be able to receive their money directly, without needing a middleman. The program will provide two alternatives; providing the participants to have their money back at WFP-contracted supermarkets or, pay for their shopping directly.
This new blockchain plan is based on already existing WFP project called Building Blocks, which has already started to use iris scan rather than cash or cards in Zataari camp with 76,000 Syrian refugees. To have an access to their private financial status, participants need to scan their eyes, whichlinks later on to their private account on a blockchain.
UN Women is also offering several seminars to help refugees to track their purchases as well as managing their Building Blocks account history.
The UN offers a wide field of blockchain resolutions in its humanitarian projects such as a blockchain-based digital identity method to stop child trafficking – working together with World Identity Network (WIN).
Additionally, end of the September, the organization will give the complete section of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly to address the use cases of blockchain for social good purposes.
Author: Berna Bayindir
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