UNICEF uses blockchain to register birth certificates
The head of the French division of Unicef Sebastien Lyon, said that blockchain technology can be useful for storing information and correctly distributing donations
Registration of beneficiaries is a huge challenge. Refugees arrive in EU countries without documents and children cannot go to school or get a passport. This makes it difficult to provide help and support to those in need.
The problem is easily solved with the help of the global digitisation of birth certificates. Data can be accessed from anywhere in the world. And even if there is an earthquake, a war, and there will be no access to traditional documents, their digital copy will remain on the blockchain.
According to Sebastian Lyon, there are currently many blockchain-based pilot programs launched. For example, in Brazil, with the support of IBM since September 2019, all birth certificates are digitised, and the information is placed on the blockchain.
This will ensure targeted spending of funds and the highest transparency of donations.
As a reminder, Unicef has been accepting donations in BTC and ETH since 2018. One of the first sponsors was the Ethereum fund, which allocated 1 BTC and 10,000 ETH to support the children's fund. Also, the Kid Power program from UNICEF was supported by the Litecoin Foundation.