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Blockchain Technology and Monitoring & Evaluation: Africa and Beyond

“What happens to the planet is the cumulative result of over 6 billion independent producing and consuming individuals. Without their support, sustainability actions at other levels have little effect” (Dahl, 2012:17). Global changes from human activities include profound alterations of ecosystems and the services they provide to humanity, resulting in substantial effects on the health …

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Climate Finance – A Primer

Climate change is altering the fundamentals of the global GDP outlook. GDP is contracting each year due to the effects of increasing flood, drought, hurricanes, cyclonic storm surges and rising sea levels. Lord Nicholas Stern in his groundbreaking work on the true costs of climate change, modeled a basic numerical equation that stated globally we …

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Blockchain based Govtech: Are Donor Funded Pilot Projects a Way Forward?

Choose your government and choose your services, is the idea behind placing the nation-state on the Blockchain. Try to imagine borderless, decentralized, opt-in Blockchain-based governance services. The advantages for delivery of such services is transparency of the process, irreversibility, immutability and data consistency. Govtech aims to promote the use of cutting edge technologies to transform …

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Why Libra Is More About Digital Identity Than Just a Cryptocurrency?

The migrant crisis is one of the most heated topics of debate across Europe. Refugees often do not have documents and the issue of identification becomes critical in integrating migrants into the society. Blockchain technology could provide a significant solution by granting migrants a self-sovereign identity and one of the largest companies in the world …

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A Plastic Planet – Successful Campaigns are Businesses

With the rise of climate conscience and green awareness the world is also witnessing an increase in the individuals’ and companies’ attention towards more sustainable businesses and lifestyles. This might sound amazing for who has seen this trend with his eyes in these past decades: the necessity to shift to a more sustainable economy has …

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How companies are redefining goals to include sustainability

With the Amazon ablaze and the impact of climate change increasingly making headlines around the globe, the need for companies to redefine business models to include sustainability has never been more pressing. The good news is that 2019 has become a significant year for turning the tide in big business from a primary focus on …

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Blockchain’s potential for managing corporate impact and reputation

Corporate malfeasance has occurred in many forms over the past few years, ranging from obfuscation of noxious emissions by Volkswagen, to the iron ore tailings dam failure by Brazilian mining company Samarco, to human rights violations within manufacturing supply chains at retailers like Nike and Gap. Scandals like these do not just cost a company …

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How can Emerging Digital Technologies Alleviate Poverty in the Context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Goal 1 No Poverty of the UN Sustainable Development Goals aims to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. This includes the facets of poverty such as gender inequality, power dimensions between developing and developed countries, the impact of environmental disasters and the exclusion of those living in remote areas. Extreme poverty disproportionately affects women, …

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Sustainable technology and design for least developed countries

According to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development Report (2019), it will be practically impossible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 without the development and appropriate application of science, technology and innovation. Rapid technological change can contribute to the faster achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through several …

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