UNICEF Works With Blockchain to Provide Internet to Kyrgyzstan Schools in Project Connect Initiative


Blockchain technology could be helping schools in Kyrgyzstan to have internet access. At the moment, UNICEF is working with the local government to leverage distributed ledger technology (DLT) and improve internet access for schools in the country.

The information was released by CoinDesk on March 6.

Kyrgyzstan and UNICEF Leverage Blockchain Technology

According to Munir Mammadzade, deputy representative for UNICEF Kyrgyzstan explained that they are at the early stages of exploring blockchain solutions for the Project Connect in the country. Now, the government is working side by side with UNICEF and other private companies to connect the schools in the country to the internet.

The Project Connect aims at providing internet to over 1,500 schools in the Central Asian country and it also wants to improve Internet connectivity. Until now, the Project Connect has been mapping connectivity levels in around 150,000 schools around the world.

As reported by Chris Fabian, lead personnel of UNICEF Ventures, the project is at a very modular stage and they are currently doing the mapping. They are also trying to figure the accounting out.

About it, Fabian explained:

“You can easily see where the blockchain layers would come in… If you want to pay as a donor – government or company – for a whole section of the country to come online, wouldn’t you rather do that in a way that is authentic and real and accountable as opposed to just sending money somewhere and hoping two years later that something happens?”

There are two blockchain companies that received $100k from the UNICEF Innovation Fund in 2018. One of them is called Utopixar and is located in Tunisia. They are working on a blockchain platform that allows communities to issue, distribute and also exchange their impact tokens.

The second startup is known as W3Engineers, which is located in Bangladesh and it focuses on how to dynamically allow individuals and companies to purchase and sell units of digital information.

UNICEF Australia has also launched the Hopepage. This initiative allows individuals to donate their CPU power to mine virtual currencies and help children in tough places to protect their rights. By giving CPU power that is not in use it is possible to mine digital assets, sell them and have funds for these charitable initiatives.

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