The UN Turns to Blockchain for Afghanistan’s ‘City for All’ Rebuilding Program

Afghanistan's City for All Blockchain

As Afghanistan look to rebuild the country through its exceptional program tagged City for All, the United Nations (UN) has proposed employing blockchain technology in the entire process. The blockchain initiative is expected to make the program so much easier, transparent, and more effective. This will go a long way to help promote its City for All program which was originally designed to expedite peace building and state building within the country.

To this effect, the United Nations Office of Communication and Information Technologies (UN-OICT) is on its toes working towards creating a sophisticated solution using the renowned blockchain technology. This state-of-the-art tool will be of huge benefit to the government of Afghanistan as it ensures unmatched efficiency, transparency, and secured online Land Records management.

A spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, explained that achieving the goals of the City for All program would require so much more than existing methods, and hence the need for the blockchain technology. He stressed further that there are three key requirements needed to achieve this goal and these include:

  • Effective land management with clear land restrictions, rights, and responsibilities.
  • Enhanced municipal finance and governance, citizen engagement, and representation.
  • Lastly, strategic urban planning to create a mutual vision and guide public investment.

Blockchain, according to Dujarric, is the key to achieving these essential components. “The Blockchain solution shall serve as a key tool in the delivery of these fundamental components,” he stated.

Employing blockchain technology is not a bad idea. It’s difficult to think of a better way to ensure transparency and security besides this sophisticated technology. Also, the UN is widely known for its breathtaking sustainable solutions.

Part of a Larger Blockchain Program

Report has it that this project is a part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the UN-OICT and the UN-Habitat. Both parties are well established when it comes to incorporating and developing emerging technologies. Their goal is to promote urbanization through urban design and planning. The UN-Habitat currently boasts over 40 years of global experience in this very field. Therefore, we are trusting this is the best move on the board.

Furthermore, report shows that this blockchain initiative is not exclusive to Afghanistan only. It is currently open to other countries such as India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

The UN also plans on extending this cutting edge tool to other countries; however, the result in the aforementioned countries will determine how far it goes. We hope to receive more information on this as the blockchain project unfolds. Stay glued!

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