Blockchain Tool Type

• The blockchain is a type of distributed database hosted across a network of multiple participants. Moreover, the blockchain provides a way to share information and transfer digital assets in a fast, tracked and secure way. • The blockchain has the potential to transform the humanitarian sector by providing cost savings and traceability of information flows, and by reducing transaction times. • Originally created to transfer financial value, the blockchain is now viewed as having the potential to be an efficient and secure way to transfer or share any type of information or asset. • Humanitarian practitioners should understand that blockchain technology can be applied to humanitarian challenges, but it is not a separate humanitarian innovation in itself. • When layering applications, such as smart contracts, on top of the blockchain, its full potential can be realized. • In the humanitarian sector, some potential use cases for blockchain technology are in information management, identification, supply chain tracking, cash programming and humanitarian financing. • Since blockchain technology can offer solutions to existing humanitarian challenges, it may be wise to begin studying its impact and experimenting with future implementation.

Entities

Ascribe.io Software

BigChainDB Software

BitNation Software

BitPesa Software

BTC Funding Software

CoinFunder Software

Colu Software

OneName Software


Facets

Cash Programming Toolboxes

Crowdfunding Toolboxes

Donor Financing Toolboxes

Identification & Documentation Toolboxes

Protected Data Sharing Toolboxes

Smart Contracts Toolboxes

Supply Chain Tracking Toolboxes

Blockchain for Humanitarians Use Recommendations


Resources