SDGs & Blockchain - Programming a sustainable future

Contract partner: WU - Wirtschaftsuniversität WienCountry: Österreich Funding amount: € 180.000,00Project start: 01.07.2018End: 31.10.2019

Short Description:

Overall goal

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.

Expected results

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.

project number2804-01/2018
source of fundingOEZA
sector Industrie und Gewerbe
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Trade: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.