A new blockchain partnership aims to put half a million of Europe’s “invisible” children, who live without any form of legal identification, on the map, making them less vulnerable to child trafficking and other dangers.
Without any form of identification, or even with just a basic photo ID, children can become especially vulnerable to traffickers and others who can take advantage of their situation.
The pilot, launching this week in Moldova, Europe’s poorest country, is backed by the United Nations Office for Project Services, the U.N. Office for Information and Communications Technology, and the World Identity Network, an initiative founded this summer in a bid to make progress on universal identification.
Blockchain — a secure, unchangeable method of recordkeeping — is perhaps best known so far for its role in pioneering crypto-currency Bitcoin. But it also has a range of practical uses in development work, from facilitating remittances and legal contracts, to tracking donor funds, and in this case, a child’s identity.
Read the full article on using blockchain to protect children by Amy Lieberman at Devex International Development
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