The Blockchain Border Bank

Providing Basic Identity and Economic Independence

The Blockchain Border Bank project aims to rapidly prototype an integrated business, legal and technical approach to provide valid, usable identity and access to enduring economic independence for those who need it most. The prototype will be a tool for testing the potential of blockchain technology to meet the challenge of Article 6 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which proclaims "Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law." and Target 16.9 of the Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030) which resolves "by 2030 [to] provide legal identity to all, including birth registration." Critically, this must include the >20M refugees worldwide.

The prototype design is intended to support and extend the Community Bank located on the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, set up Banco ADOPEM and co-developed with Caitlin Stilin-Rooney in 2013 to give traditionally marginalized groups such as displaced populations, refugees, undocumented persons living under the poverty line access to financial services.

Visit the blockchain border bank page to learn more.