SDGs & Blockchain - Programming a sustainable future
The aim of the project is to inform and empower the selected target groups to understand and use blockchain technology for the implementation of the SDGs as well as showcase on a practical level how blockchain can contribute to the SDGs through the preparation of two pilot projects.
1: White Paper entitled “Blockchain & SDGs – The foundations and best practices” that demonstrates the concrete benefits of blockchain's contribution to the SDGs in the context of development cooperation has been written, published and reached 1500 persons within the target group.
2: Conference on “Blockchain & SDGs – Programming a sustainable world” that provides inputs needed for preparing at minimum two concrete blockchain/SDGs pilots in the ADA partner countries has been held.
3: Roadmap for implementing at least two flagship “Blockchain/SDGs pilot projects” in ADA partner countries has been prepared and made available. At least 6 partners - in Austria or ADA partner countries - are actively involved in the roadmap process.
Target group / Beneficiaries
The target groups are impact entrepreneurs, development agencies, civil society organisations, business networks and researchers / experts who are deemed to be important drivers of SDG implementation and who will benefit from the results provided. Herein, special attention is devoted to these target groups in ADA partner countries and Austria.
1: Primary and secondary research activities aiming at the White Paper “Blockchain & Sustainability".
2: Design, preparation and organisation of a highly interactive and participatory conference on Blockchain & SDGs: “Programming a sustainable world”.
3: Planning, conceptualising and preparing an outline of the implementation roadmap for the flagship pilots.
4: Networking, communication and management activities aiming at the creation of implementation networks for the “Blockchain/SDGs pilots” in ADA partner countries.
Blockchain-based applications have the potential to address institutional weaknesses because they can restrict deception, corruption and uncertainties as well as empower people directly and mitigate power asymmetries. In the specific context of the SDGs, this means that blockchain technology can be an enabler of new forms of business collaborations, be it between businesses and other sectors or between “the north and the south”. This requires translating the SDGs into the daily lives of businesses as well as promoting a thorough understanding of the possibilities of blockchain technology.