Udenrigsministeriet / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Report launch: Hack the Future of Development Aid

Dato og tid

Torsdag d. 14. december 2017 kl. 13:30 til 17:00


Tirsdag d. 12. december 2017 kl. 12:00


UN City
2100 Copenhagen Ø


Udenrigsministeriet / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Public diplomacy, kommunikation og presse, Udenrigsministeriet

Is the development sector the next to be disrupted?  Tech is ready to take over!

Blockchain offers to deliver rights to the poor and to speed up aid transfers, which is the job description of most development agencies. The technology is currently disrupting the financial sector replacing banks with the code. Will it disrupt the development industry next? Want to know more? Join report release of ‘Hack the Future of Development Aid’.  
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, cryptocurrency exchange Coinify and the think tank Sustainia invite you to the launch of the new study Hack the Future of Development Aid and to hear first-hand from solution providers working with blockchain technology.

Blockchain is one of the most hyped technologies. If you have missed it, you have certainly heard about Bitcoin. A type of digital cash outside the control of banks and governments instead managed by an open and transparent computer network where everyone can participate. Printing digital cash is only one way to use the blockchain.

Other ways is to give people ownership over their rights and data. It makes blockchain one of the most transformative technologies and a promising new tech-tool for development.

Can blockchain accelerate solutions to reach the Sustainable Development Goals? 

Blockchain and other exponential technologies may provide solutions for accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa have cryptocurrency ecosystems working to re-invent the whole concept of money. Entrepreneurs are re-inventing how rights are delivered using the blockchain. Not to mention how blockchain can help countries leapfrog banking infrastructure to offer new blockchain based avenues to financial inclusion.  So far the world has only scratched the surface of how to apply blockchain. 

Time to hack aid

Blockchain also has the potential to transform how aid is designed and delivered. Development agencies need to be part of this conversation and hands-on experimentation with new fast developing technologies. The way aid is delivered can be hacked to avoid being trapped in a toolbox of old solutions in a rapidly changing context. Denmark has taken the first step in its foreign policy with the announcement of the world’s first tech ambassador.

The next step is to apply exponential technologies to help implement development policy.

Join the conversation!

13:30 Security check in, arrival and registration (be on time)
14:15 Welcome by the Danish Foreign Ministry
14:20-14:40 What is Blockchain? –Lasse Birk Olesen Coinify
14:40-15:00 Launch of Report – Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs
15:00-15:20 Hack the future of development aid – Marianne Haahr Sustainia
15:20-16:20 Talks from blockchain solution providers
16:20-16:50 Panel discussion
16:50-17:00 Closure by Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Udenrigsministeriet / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Public diplomacy, kommunikation og presse, Udenrigsministeriet