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Blockchain supports women in crisis

Syrian refugee women involved in the UN Women’s cash for work programmes at camps in Jordan are accessing their salary with the support of blockchain.

Backed by UN Women and the World Food Programme (WFP), the blockchain solution removes the need for a third party administrator, like a bank, and enables ‘cash back at WFP-contracted supermarkets’ using eye scan technology.


“At WFP, we will explore every possible way to deliver the help people need, in the most efficient and effective means available. Our work with UN Women to help female Syrian refugees is yet another sign of that innovative spirit, in this case using technology to make an even bigger impact on the lives of those we serve,” said David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP.


Blockchain cash transfers are already being made to ‘106,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan’ thanks to WFP’s Building Blocks project, and this partnership will allow it to be rolled out further. While the WFP Innovation accelerators are unlocking the next wave of frontier tech solutions to the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

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