This event marks the official kickoff of the Techfugees Chapter in Kenya.
The Problem: Many refugees, and people in refugee-like situations, across Africa are unable to prove their identity or access essential services. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, 80% of the total adult population are unbanked and do not have the necessary documentation to open a bank account, and without necessary documentation, many refugees are unable to access healthcare, seek legal protection, or enrol their children in schools. In response, private enterprises and humanitarian organisations have begun to look into Blockchain technology as a way to independently authenticate and validate exchanges of information, from personal identification to money transfers.
How can Blockchain help?
Blockchain is a cloud-based public ledger that automatically records all transactions and stores them securely for everyone to see. This enables independent entities to rely on the same, secured and audible source of information without the need of third-party oversight.
The technology behind Blockchain has the potential to transform refugee response. Blockchain is increasingly being used in refugee emergency response – for example, in Kenya, a company like BanQu helps refugees create digital identities based on Blockchain technology. This event brings together startups, innovators and humanitarians to explore multiple Blockchain initiatives that have the potential to improve a refugee’s life.
● How can Blockchain technology alleviate challenges faced by refugees by providing identification and financial mobility?
● Can Blockchain unlock essential services to refugees without government support?
● Which humanitarian organizations have started to use Blockchain technology in Africa?
● When it comes to refugee response and Blockchain: What are the lessons learned from Africa and outside of Africa?
● From QR codes to electronic cards and digital vouchers? How can Blockchain benefit refugees?
At this event, you will be hearing from representatives from:
● Welcome by the co-chairs of Techfugees Kenya
- Josephine Goube – Techfugees: Background on Techfugees and our plans for 2017!
- Komminist Weldermariam – IBM: Introduction to Blockchain 101
- Caroline Njuki -IGAD: Context – key challenges facing refugees in the region
- David Yen – BitPesa: How Bitcoin can support refugees
- Joseph Thompson – Aid:Tech: (via Skype): Using Blockchain to distribute aid in refugee camps
- Diana Klein- WFP Kenya: Introduction to a Blockchain pilot project developed by theThe World Food Programme
- Date: 22nd of February 2017
- Time: 4:30pm and 7:00pm, East Africa Time.
- Location: Strathmore University, Main Auditorium