Global Citizen and IBM Explore Blockchain Solutions for Philanthropic Aid

Chirayu Choubisa

May 12, 2018 11:16 am

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Tech Giant IBM and Global Citizen seeks Blockchain Solution for Humanitarian Aid

Global Citizen and IBM are issuing a challenge to the world’s developers to use the blockchain technology to revolutionize how donations are made to the charitable cause.

The anti-poverty campaign movement and the tech giant are collaborating on “Challenge Accepted,” inspired United Nation’s (UN) Envision 2030 initiative, which intends to improve the life of poverty-stricken and at-risk people.

Developers participating in Challenge Accepted will use IBM’s Blockchain Platform Starter intend to build a network that incorporates all aspects of the donation process.

The developers who perform specific actions can earn “points” that they would be able to redeem for access to IBM experts.

For instance, stepping back, the UN and other aid groups have earlier explored using blockchain technology to track aid to poverty-stricken areas. Digital currencies, too have served as a platform for promoting donations to a range of causes, from clean water access provision of electricity for a school in South Africa.

Global Citizen’s co-founder Mr. Simon Moss, contended in a blog post issued on Friday that the technology has the potential to transform the face of humanitarian aid.

It’s not just the money that would be better accounted for; he stated organization could use a blockchain technology to improve transparency in the flow of goods being delivered as well.

He said:

“Blockchain  can provide clarity on not only who is donating, but how money and supplies flow through organizations that provide aid such as tracking a gallon of water purchased by an organization to the location where it was delivered.”

Kathryn Harrison, who directs product management for the IBM

Blockchain platform said that the initiative grew out of an internal conversation prior this year regarding the “possibilities to use this technology in areas that we can do some pretty substantial social good.”

Kathryn Harrison stated:

“I think it’s a really compelling opportunity to help engaged citizens see how they can build something that’s going to drive accountability and improvement in the non-governmental organization sector.”

Kathryn Harrison further framed the challenge which runs from 15th May to 14 July as a component of the broader work being done at IBM on the blockchain front.

She describes:

“We’re focused on so many different types of use cases. We look at food safety, we look at microfinance, we look things like the environment and carbon credits and energy savings, And this just seems like another opportunity to empower developers to put their skills to use for good.”

After completion of the challenge, five winners will be determined from the pool of contestants. Kathryn Harrison stated some of the projects might be listed in the  IBM Blockchain Platform, opening up those templates to other users and winners could take their projects further through IBM’s Garage workspaces. The winners will likewise get tickets to Global Citizen’s Global Citizen Music Festival in September.

The challenge is a chance for developers looking at aid-focused uses of blockchain technology to advance their ideas – but as Moss quarrelled in his blog post, there’s a bit more at stake here.

He said:

“This is a striking reinvention of how philanthropy and donors interact.”

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