Blockchain for humanitarian action and development aid

Andrej Zwitter, Mathilde Boisse-Despiaux

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Blockchain technology is swiftly entering the fields of humanitarian and development aid. While it has the potential to revolutionize the aid sector, e.g., through pairing smart contracts with forecast-based financing, it also has the potential to perpetuate societal problems and add new risks. This essay outlines the use cases of Blockchain technology for the humanitarian and development sectors and reflects on potentials and pitfalls that come with the adaptation of this new technology.
Original languageEnglish
Article number16
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of International Humanitarian Action
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2018


  • Blockchain
  • distributed ledger
  • humanitarian action
  • development aid
  • Sustainable Development
  • SDGs
  • supply chain
  • logistics

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