United Nations To Use Blockchain Technology For Revamping War-Torn Afghanistan
United Nations are going to use Blockchain technology in its redevelopment program for Afghanistan. The decision was made to bring in much necessary transparency in the various areas of redevelopment. The use of modern-day decentralized technology falls under the UN’s “City for all” program which is focused on revamping Afghanistan’s urban areas completely destroyed by years of war.
The use of blockchain technology will be primarily focused on the management of land records which does require accurate data reliability and transparency, both of which the modern-day technology has to offer.
The news about the United Nations looking to adopt blockchain for its redevelopment program first surfaced in technology new publication called Sociable. The United Nation Office of Communication and Technologies (UN-OICT) in Afghanistan will be responsible for managing the use of the tech to help the native government keep a track of its land records in a transparent manner.
UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric who is the spokesperson for the ongoing redevelopment project stated that the United Nation’s urban development sidearm called UN-Habitat will be working coordinately with the Afghani government as a part of its “city for all‘ program.
The spokesperson also detailed the approach of the project and mentioned three important aspects required for successful and peaceful rehabilitation in the area. These three key areas include effective land management, strategic urban planning, and improved municipal finance and governance.
Blockchain For Governance
While there are many critics of the crypto space, almost everyone believes in the potential of blockchain technology beyond the crypto-verse. And one of the significant use cases van be implemented in governance itself. United Nations in the redevelopment program is showing that by using the technology to increase transparency in ongoing government dealing which would subsequently increase the trust of the people in the governance.
Dujarric mentioned how blockchain is not just helping them in fast pacing the revamping process but also how the technology serves as the key tool in fundamental components. He said,
“The blockchain solution shall serve as a key tool in the delivery of these fundamental components.”
The use of blockchain tech in the rehabilitating war-torn Afghanistan is a part of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between UN-OITC and UN-Habitat. The aim behind the signing of Memorandum is to help developing nations to get the best of modern-day tech to these nations and help them accelerate their development process. The MoU would see the use of modern-day techs for urban design and planning and currently countries like Afghanistan, Srilanka, India, and Bangladesh are a part of this MoU.
Blockchain Technology is not some new tech invented specifically for creating Bitcoin, instead it is an amalgam of Distributed Data System and Cryptography to form a formidable unbreachable decentralized system. Thus, any industry which deals in some form of data can use the tech to revamp their work process.
Blockchain is becoming popular tech of use in many industries and now even in governance which might give you an idea on how big people, industries and countries are betting on it. The best part we are seeing the first generation of the tech right now, and as we progress further and new developments come along, almost every other industry will be using blockchain in their system.
Blockchain Comes To The Rescue of Srilankan Farmers
While the MoU signed between UN-OITC and UN-Habitat is helping in reconstructing a war-torn nation, on the other hand, Oxfam has teamed up with a blockchain-based insurance startup to safeguard the financial future of SriLankan farmers. The startup will team up with professional service provider Anon to create a blockchain-based weather reporting application. This app will increase efficiency and accuracy.
Blockchain uses cases beyond the crypto-verse is on the rise and many established tech firms like IBM are investing heavily in the space. Even firms like Amazon have several patents in their kitty and they might be looking forward to launching blockchain as a service program to cater to various businesses looking for blockchain integration.