Austrian Development Agency

We are happy to announce that our first project has been successfully funded for one year by ADA (Austrian Development Agency) and will be conducted in collaboration with UNIDO. We will explore topics around blockchain & sustainability, taking into account all UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For that endeavour, our Cryptoeconomics Research Lab has partnered with RCE Vienna, a sustainability competence centre at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, who will provide expertise on sustainability and impact assessment. Combining Blockchain expertise with sustainability expertise will give us the unique opportunity to have the right interdisciplinary approach to tackle the diverse range of questions and complexities of that topic with appropriate know-how and tools.

During the first phase of the project, we will explore and assess blockchain’s potential to help address the SDGs. As a second step, we will define pilots projects that make sense in the context of development cooperation. We will use an integrative and case study based approach to analyse the potential connections and contribution of blockchain to the SDGs. Considering the multidimensional facets of the SDGs, the term “integrative” reflects a systemic setting in which our target groups such as impact entrepreneurs, development agencies, CSOs, business networks, and international institutions will interact and share knowledge with those holding expertise on blockchain and derived technologies.

What we will do

  • Mapping Potential Use Cases: How and with what applications can blockchain provide a significant contribution to the SDGs.
  • Mapping all players and activities*: Disseminating information about existing players in the market and possible applications and research areas.
  • Roadmap for policy makers & pilot projects*: Consolidating the knowledge retrieved we will publish a roadmap for policy makers of how Blockchain can be relevant to reach all UN SDGs, and define a pilot project that will be implemented in Phase 2.
  • Conference: on 1-2 April 2019

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