ID2020 Alliance Announces Inaugural Blockchain Pilotsbr>
The ID2020 Alliance has announced its first two pilot projects that will leverage blockchain technology.
The ID2020 Alliance is a nonprofit public-private partnership committed to improving lives through digital identity. The humanitarian project aims to provide legal ID to more than 1.1 billion people around the world, including 7 million refugees, by 2020. The alliance funds high-impact pilot projects that bring digital identity to vulnerable populations, and uses the data generated to find scalable solutions and inform public policy.
One of the two pilot projects will be led by alliance member iRespond and will be conducted in close partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The pilot will be offering refugees, who are accessing the IRC’s services in the Mae La Camp in Thailand, with blockchain digital identification, linked to individual users through iris recognition. The digital IDs will initially enable the recipients to access improved, consistent healthcare within the camp through an accurate and secure electronic medical record. The pilot participants are also planning to use the system to electronically document both educational attainment and professional skills to aid with employment opportunities.
“The IRC Thailand really appreciates the opportunity to partner with ID2020 and iRespond on this innovative project,” said Darren Hertz, Country Director, IRC Thailand. “We’re keenly aware of and awaiting the improvements this will create in the quality of health care services we provide to refugee populations. But equally exciting is the means by which individual medical records, diplomas and certificates can be confidential, safe and accessible for displaced populations caught in a world of uncertainty. We believe this offers real opportunity for better futures.”
The second pilot project, led by biometric identity platform Everest in partnership with Indonesia’s National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), will aim to enhance the efficiency, accountability, transparency, and gender inclusivity of the National LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) subsidy program. The LPG subsidy program was developed to provide 41 million Indonesian households with liquified petroleum gas as cooking fuel instead of dangerous and costly kerosene. The pilot will facilitate the transfer of LPG subsidies by delivering them to a biometrically validated digital wallet over a transparent and low cost blockchain.
“By delivering subsidies to biometrically validated digital wallets and savings accounts over a transparent and low-cost blockchain, the government is modernizing government service delivery, cutting down on leakage, and enabling banking services with enhanced financial inclusion,” said Everest CEO Bob Reid. “We look forward to working with our integrated banking partners and the government to bring additional services to Indonesian citizens over the next few years.”
Bambang Widianto, Deputy Chief of Staff for Human Development and Equality/Executive Secretary of the TNP2K, said that the solution is needed by the government of Indonesia to provide an option for one of the potential mechanisms for disbursing LPG subsidy.
“The solution that will be tested by utilizing digital ID of beneficiary is expected to transform the current mechanism by ensuring the right targeting,” Widianto said. “The new mechanism is expected that only those who are entitled (poor and vulnerable household) can enjoy this subsidy and also to save more than USD 1.3 billion in government subsidy funds.”
In addition to the two projects, the alliance also welcomed new members, including Kiva, Simprints, FHI360 and IDEO.org.
“We are thrilled to be expanding and strengthening the alliance’s partnerships with innovative organizations – both with new alliance members and through our pilot programs – as we focus on developing and testing ethical digital identity solutions,” said Dakota Gruener, Executive Director of ID2020.