November 2016 paper by OCHA’s Andrej Verity and Vanessa Ko on potential uses of blockchain for humanitarian action.

It includes an explanation of how blockchain works, its advantages and the challenges it presents, and explores six potential use cases: protected information management and data sharing, identity and documentation, supply chain tracking and transparency, humanitarian financing, cash programming, crowdfunding and microfinancing.

It provides some recommendations for the humanitarian sector, and concludes with an invitation to further explore the technology, keeping in mind both its limitations and its potential.

The original document can be found here.

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