UN Explores Blockchain To Support Urban Initiatives In Afghanistan

The United Nations is building initiatives that are meant to proffer sustainable urban development programs in Afghanistan. According to a report dated July 2 from The Sociable, a tech news site, the UN is set to adopt Blockchain technology in its projects marking an important milestone in the quest to have Blockchain technology at the apex of the 4th industrial revolution.

Proffering Transparency In The Lands Sector

The information has been revealed by the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric who reveals that the international organization is keen on rebuilding the post-war country to improve living standards in local cities.

The project is being coordinated by the United Nations Office of Communication and Information Technologies (UN-OICT) and it is focusing on moving land records to a Blockchain-based platform to ensure that that land conveyance transactions and ownership data are transparent on an open source platform.

The Blockchain Project Is Part Of The “City for All” Initiative

The UN-OICT Blockchain project is aimed at driving the “City for All” initiative. This an ambitious plan to advance 12 of leading Afghanistan’s cities such as Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif, etc.

The UN-OICT architects of the program project that Afghans will be mostly urban dwellers in the next one and a half decade and uplifting the living standards urban areas could positively impact more than half of the local population in the future.

UN-OICT “City for All” program commenced in 2016 and its roadmap goes up to 2020 and experts believe that the outcome will have far-reaching benefits for the nation that is undergoing economic recovery after years of turmoil and the constant threat from Taliban fighters.

Blockchain Technology Will Offer A Digital Solution To UN’s Goals

The UN-OICT “City for All” program has three fundamental priorities in rejuvenating and redesigning the 12 principle urban areas in Afghanistan. These areas include; improved municipal finance, strategic urban planning, and effective land management.

However, through the technical support of the UN-Habitat that is a signatory in the “City for All” initiative, the Blockchain project is focusing on the effective land management goal at this point.

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Blockchain Technology Is Revolutionizing Urban Design And Planning

The UN-Habitat and UN-OICT project has the potential to usher in an era of Blockchain adoption in the urban design and planning field as the global population becomes more urbanized.

After the deployment of the Blockchain-based “City for All” program, the two offices of the UN will roll out similar projects to other regions such as South Asia.

This is not the first UN Blockchain-focused project as the institution has deployed DLT in other fields such as the health services in East Africa. Additionally, the UN has launched a Blockchain-based credit bureau for Sierra Leone’s financial sector.

About Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a landlocked country neighboring Iran, Pakistan and other Stan nations. President Ashraf Ghani is leading the nation of 35 million and he, together with the Americans, has been appealing to the Taliban and other militia groups to come to the table to facilitate a lasting peace deal.