Distributed Ledger Technology and Blockchain

Blockchain and the wider category of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) claim to provide a more transparent, accountable, efficient and secure way of exchanging information.

Proponents suggest DLTs can address common problems of non-profit organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), such as transparency, efficiency, scale and sustainability (Accenture, 2017).

The resources in this section relate specifically to this area of innovation and research within the RCRCM and wider humanitarian sector.

 

In May 2018, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in collaboration with the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) conducted the Blockchain Open Loop Payments Pilot Project in Isiolo County, Kenya assisting over two thousand households affected by drought. The objective was to explore the risks and benefits of blockchain technology for humanitarian cash transfer programming (CTP).

11 Jul 2019

Type: Research

Organisation: Evernym

A curated community of organizations building the future of identity. The IFRC are members of the Evernym Accelerator programme

  • Blockchain and DLT
  • Cash technology

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11 Jul 2019

Type: Article

Organisation: ID2020

Cash programmes are not unique in needing a safe, secure and trusted means of identifying people. Systems of identification are archaic, insecure and lack adequate privacy protection. Through a multi-stakeholder partnership, ID2020 aims to ensure that digital ID is responsibly implemented and widely accessible.

  • Cash technology
  • Blockchain and DLT

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11 Jul 2019

Type: Article

Organisation: Libra Association

This document outlines the plans of the Libra Association for a new decentralized blockchain, a low-volatility asset backed cryptocurrency, and a smart contract platform

  • Blockchain and DLT
  • Cash technology

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28 Feb 2019

Type: Research

Organisation: ODI

This report highlights current uses, knowledge and evidence gaps around Distributed Ledger Technologies for humanitarian purposes, and outlines a series of recommendations.

  • Cash technology
  • Blockchain and DLT

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01 Sep 2018

Type: Learning

Organisation: IFRC

Review of the Blockchain Open Loop Cash Transfer pilot project implemented in May 2018 by IFRC in collaboration with the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) to assist over two-thousand households affected by drought in Isiolo County.

  • National society cash readiness
  • Cash technology
  • Blockchain and DLT

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01 Jan 2018

Type: Learning

Organisation: ICHA, Kenya Red Cross

The purpose of this study is to document the learnings from this pilot project in Kenya, inform the way forward for KRCS, and explore the benefits and risks of blockchain technology.

  • Cash technology
  • Africa
  • Blockchain and DLT

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