In theory, cryptographic and blockchain technology present unique opportunities to enhance, accelerate, and strengthen global relief efforts. In practice, geopolitical challenges and distribution complexities hamper projects before they have had a chance to implement new technology.
Joining “Money Reimagined” hosts Michael Casey and Sheila Warren are Sara Pantuliano, Executive Director of ODI and a fellow at the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, and Sasha Kapadia, Director of the Humanitarian and Mastercard development. The guests are intimately familiar with the processes and challenges associated with cross-border relief efforts, as well as the opportunities for blockchain-integrated relief in the future.
How can blockchain-based digital help solutions improve the lives of people in crisis? Even if the technology could be useful, is it ethical to test the emerging technology on a vulnerable population?
Blockchain technology is likely to become more and more included in aid solutions in the next decade. In addition to the sweeping potential, it is also important to maintain awareness of its dangers if communities are to avoid widening the “digital divide” that developing technologies can easily create.
This episode was produced and edited by Michele Musso with announcements from Adam B. Levine and additional production support from Eleanor Pahl. Our main theme is “Shepard”.