Blockchain for Humanity Initiative

Blockchain  for Humanity

The Blockchain for Humanity Initiative led by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs aims to create a platform for technology experts, scholars and humanitarian practitioners to identify, discuss and recommend policies concerning the application of blockchain technology for humanitarian action. 

The Humanitarian Blockchain Summit held on November 10, 2017 at Fordham University was the first step in this initiative. 

In the year following the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit, the IIHA and partners aims to:
Highlight a range of piloted and pioneered blockchain initiatives for humanitarian action

  • Facilitate the ethical adoption of humanitarian blockchain solutions in response to technical, legal, and governance challenges facing the humanitarian sector
  • Connect professionals from across sectors to foster new partnerships, encourage technical collaboration, and explore nontraditional funding sources
  • Assemble a database of blockchain initiatives that respond to the technical, legal, and governance challenges in the humanitarian field 
  • Build a digital community of developers interested in impacting humanitarian assistance

With these goals in mind, we call on partners to join by:

  • Submitting pilot or proof of concept project notes as well as research papers modelling any application of blockchain for humanitarian response 
  • Organizing or hosting Summit follow up events, courses or workshops that further practical and constructive conversations on blockchain for good
  • Launching future humanitarian blockchain pilot projects
  • Developing joint courses, trainings or workshops 
  • Supporting and promoting open source solutions that have proven successful
  • Sharing the Summit report (to be developed soon) with technical experts and humanitarian practitioners 
  • Recommending developers and technical experts who are looking to use crypto technologies for humanity

Upcoming initiatives include:

  • Blockchain For Social Impact Conference, hosted by Consensys with a panel discussion on Blockchain for Humanitarian Crisis and Aid Delivery (moderated by IIHA Innovation Fellow Jorn Poldermans) on Friday, November 17, 2017
  • Blockchain for SDGs Workshop, hosted by University of Groningen in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (with a presentation by IIHA Innovation Fellows, Giulio Coppi and Jorn Poldermans) on Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Blockchain for Humanity - Global Challenge: The World Identity Network (WIN), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the United Nations Office for Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT) are partnering to launch a pilot initiative that will use blockchain technology to help combat child trafficking in Moldova.
  • UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Blockchain Start-ups: The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make $50 to $90K equity-free investments to provide seed funding to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity.

Contact Us

Humanitarian and technology professionals are encouraged to reach out to IIHA Innovation Fellow, Giulio Coppi, to further their involvement. 

The Blockchain for Humanity Initiative is in partnership with: