Program beneficiary in Tanna island, Vanuatu, December 2020. (Photo: Oxfam in Vanuatu, Arlene Bax)

A year after featuring the pilot results in our Community Currency report, we now talk to Sandra Uwantege-Hart, who leads the UnBlocked Cash project at Oxfam, a live blockchain use case reaching 35,000 people in 2020 and scaling across the Pacific region and beyond. The project developed by Oxfam and the Australian fintech Sempo has won the EU Horizon 2020 Blockchain for Social Good Award earlier this year and is attracting a lot of attention in the space.

PositiveBlockchain: Can you tell us a little bit about what problems your project is tackling?
Sandra Hart: The biggest problem is that aid…

SmartHectar and enpact announce their partnership to launch an innovation hub in West Africa, based in Accra (Ghana) focused on agriculture, food, and water technologies.

Copyrights: Kellogg Institute For International Studies — University of Notre Dame

The goal of this joint venture is to foster economic growth in the region by building sustainable innovative businesses in these sectors that create new jobs.

SmartHectar and enpact will launch their initiative in Accra, Ghana in February/March 2019 while building a network of partners, investors, and ecosystem stakeholders. A startup challenge is scheduled for Q2 2019 and the accelerator program will launch in Q3 2019 concluding with demo days in Q4 2019. The Innovation Hub as a place for startups and companies to work together on innovative solutions is planned for 2021.

An expanding global demand for agricultural products particularly in dynamic emerging economies is providing increased opportunities for West Africa’s traditional and non-traditional agricultural exports. …

A story of co-creation between a 160 years-old electronics manufacturer and a small startup, which resulted in an award-winning AgTech and WaterTech innovation transforming lives.

Boreal Light GmbH water treatment solution for rural communities

According to WHO report in 2017 there were 844 million people in the world who still lack even a basic drinking water service. 263 million of them spent over 30 minutes per round trip to collect water from an improved source (constituting a limited drinking water service). And 159 million people still collected drinking water directly from surface water sources, with the majority of them (58%) living in sub-Saharan Africa.

Now imagine that 85% of the water treatment (filtration) facilities delivered by the western donors in Kenya failed in the first 18 months of operations. We are talking about millions…

Maciej Bulanda

Community builder, social entrepreneur. Historian and political scientist, born humanitarian and European. Blockchain enthusiast. Tech & arts believer.

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