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The United Nations Sends Ethereum-Based Vouchers to 10,000 Syrian Refugees


The United Nation's humanitarian branch, the World Food Programme (WFP) recently completed one of the largest charitable initiatives using blockchain. Completed on May 21st, the Ethereum blockchain helped feed over 10,000 refugees with cryptocurrency-based vouchers that could be redeemed in participating markets.

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin offered his own praise via twitter after reading a coin desk article earlier last week.

The WFP intends to expand the project to include 100,000 individuals in Jordan as soon as August. If that is a success, the effort could expand to the entire Jordanian refugee population by the end of 2018.

Earlier in May, the United Nations started a trial that would distribute crypto-based coupons to Jordanian refugees. Many citizens and refugees of these struggling countries don't have access to smartphones or paper wallets. Instead, they will be using eye-scanning technology designed by London-based IrisGuard. 

This security feature will verify the identity to over 500,000 citizens already receiving aid. This traditional aid is now being redirected to access Ethereum-based coupons that can be used in participating markets. These vendors will be using newly developed technology by Ethereum Startup Parity Technologies and blockchain big data firm Datarella to redeem the entitlements at the point of checkout.

Jordan and Syria aren't the only countries ripe for this technology. The UN is planning to implement Ethereum in some of the 80 other countries served by the World Food Programme.

With partnerships with various blockchain start-ups like Parity Technologies, the United Nations and World Food Programme have set a goal to end world hunger by 2030.