UNOPS Issues RFI for Blockchain Tech

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The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) recently released a request for information (RFI), seeking input on useful applications for blockchain technology. UNOPS is seeking the information in concert with six other UN agencies, as part of a multi-agency effort to leverage the benefits of distributed ledger technology to increase efficiency, accountability, and transparency in peacekeeping, development, and humanitarian aid efforts.

According to the text of the Request for Information,

“UNOPS and the member organizations of [the] UN blockchain group have been analyzing the possible applicability of the existing or emerging blockchain-based services to the international assistance area and is conducting market research for such services, associated technologies, tools, services and concepts applicable for the use in the international assistance. In this Request for Information (RFI), UNOPS intends to solicit the information widely from the industry of blockchain space and to identify potential partners / suppliers for the future work in the area of international, humanitarian, development or peacekeeping assistance.”

In addition to UNOPS, the multi-agency group includes the World Food Programme (WFP), The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Women, The UN Development Group (UNDG), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The RFI is part of the group’s efforts to identify potential blockchain solutions and partner companies that can assist the UN with its efforts to utilize blockchain technology for international assistance efforts.

The RFI requests input on specific areas where the technology could help to improve that assistance, including pool fund management and contributor tracking, contribution gateways for both fiat and cryptocurrency donations, identity management, logistical management, self-executing and self-auditing capabilities, data storage, user access in areas of limited internet, and anti-money-laundering, know-your-customer, and other regulatory compliance needs.

Would-be respondents are urged to submit any relevant information to [email protected] The deadline for submissions is May 14, 2017.

Author: Ken Chase

Freelance writer whose interests include topics ranging from technology and finance to politics, fitness, and all things canine. Aspiring polymath, semi-professional skeptic, and passionate advocate for the judicious use of the Oxford comma.

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