United Nations Women to Use Blockchain with World Food Program (WFP) for Jordan Refugee Camp Payments


UN Women Partners With World Food Program (WFP) To Introduce Blockchain Payments In Jordan Refugee Camps

A press release by the UN Women, an entity established under the United Nations (UN) confirms the introduction of a blockchain based payment system to the women refugees at the Za’atari and Azraq camps. The initiative that is set to kick-off in the Jordanian refugee camps later in the year, will make the transaction systems in the camps more transparent and faster.

With over 115,000 refugees in these two camps, blockchain technology will be a huge addition to keeping sufficient records of the huge population.

The cash for work program will see the women refugees in the UN Women be able to participate in the program and get paid through the blockchain which eliminates the need for intermediaries. The initiative scraps off financial transactions through middle men like banks, money remittance agents and other institutions in a bid to make the system more transparent. In addition, the initiative will allow the women participants to redeem the tokens for cash at WFP-contracted supermarkets or use the tokens directly for purchase in the shopping centers.

UN Women Building Blocks Blockchain Payment System

UN Women is an establishment by the UN to push for the empowerment of women across the globe as well as pushing for gender equality. In the latest announcement made by the organization on blockchain integration in the payment system in Jordan camps, UN Women is further pushing for blockchain integration across its network.

The new blockchain solution draws inspiration from the co-partner WPF project Building Blocks that allowed refugees to purchase food through an iris scan. The refugees account is on a blockchain and by scanning their iris, over 76,000 refugees in Za’atari could purchase their food without the need of a third party account.

Furthermore, the organization is focusing on the uplifting of women refugees in the camps through a series of seminars on the Building Block to increase financial knowledge in the camps.

More Progress By United Nations With Blockchain Solutions

The United Nations 73rd Session of the General Assembly will be a historic one for the field of blockchain as the UN will discuss the importance of the technology in our world today and ways to enhance adoption. The event is set out for the end of this month.

UN Women has joined a number of initiatives its umbrella body, the UN, has on blockchain technology. The ease blockchain technology brings to the organization’s functions in solving humanitarian problems, has seen a range of projects started out. For instance, the organization has partnered with the World Identity Network (WIN) to create a blockchain-based digital identity system to help fight child trafficking.

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