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Blockchain, Public Sector and International Development

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The world is changing rapidly with the development of new and disruptive technologies, including Blockchain. The speed at which technologies emerge has increased tremendously and technological barriers are scaled daily. Governments and international institutions are examining the opportunities and risks if ...

The world is changing rapidly with the development of new and disruptive technologies, including Blockchain. The speed at which technologies emerge has increased tremendously and technological barriers are scaled daily. Governments and international institutions are examining the opportunities and risks if developing countries are to narrow the gap and tackle inequality. The public sector everywhere needs to be on top of these emerging technologies and understand their disruptive forces. For developing countries, disruptive change may bring unique opportunities to bypass the legacy issues that advanced economies confront, and help them “leapfrog”. There is growing global interest in how these technologies can be used to tackle old development challenges, and to prepare governments for the changes that are already happening in the digital world.
This Collection will provide a deeper understanding of how to implement Blockchain in the international development context, discuss potential challenges and limitations, and examine case studies on the various potential use-cases in the international development sector including: inclusion, climate and sustainability; humanitarian relief; governance; procurement; agriculture; last mile health care, tracking donor funds; supply chains and new forms of financing development assistance. It will also include policy pieces on what will be needed in terms of regulation and standards, education and human resources to take advantage of digitisation.

Articles published within this Research Topic in 2019 are eligible for the $10,000 “Yun Family Frontiers in Blockchain Prize".

For more details, please see our blog post here:

https://blog.frontiersin.org/2018/12/12/frontiers-in-blockchain-introduces-new-journal-wide-10000-best-paper-prize/


Keywords: Blockchain, international development, developing countries, inequality, economy, government, sustainability, governance, humanitarian, aid


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