On April 19th an announcement was made by the World Food Programme (WFP), which reveals that the government of Belgium shall be donating €2 million towards funding a Blockchain project launched by the WFP.
This inspiring project has provided tremendous help to the 100,000 Syrian Refugees who are staying in camps in Jordan, as this donation made it possible for the refugees to obtain food, medicines and other useful resources.
The project was unveiled at the Leveraging Innovation for Humanitarian Action which was conducted in New York.
Alexander De Croo, Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation, also commented on the European country’s contribution toward the initiative, his comment reads as follows:
“Many lives can be saved by innovation. In this year itself, nearly 128 million individuals across the entire globe would require protection and charitable support. This is almost three times the requirement of what was three years ago. If we wish to reduce this number there is only one solution, that is to discover better ways or providing help quickly and more efficiently. Only then would we be able to bridge the gap between requirements and aid delivery on the ground. Belgium has the utmost respect and praises the efforts of WFP to come up with innovative solutions for saving more lives and helping more and more people in need.”
However, this would not be the first time, a country would make use of the innovative Blockchain Technology to help refugees, as quite remarkably back in May 2017, the UN had announced its plans to utilize the Ethereum Blockchain technology in a bid to enable refugees in Jordan with access to food rations by dispensing coupons which would be used as a substitute of the local currency. The technology had already passed its trial and error phase as the WFP tested it in the Asian country, Pakistan. The results of the test were quite inspiring as more than 10,000 people enjoyed benefits from it.