Project Amply is one of the best use cases of Ethereum (blockchain technology). Govt. of South Africa has been working through various policy, documents and laws to support early childhood program. In the year 2005, UNICEF came up with a program named “NATIONAL INTEGRATED PLAN FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA” to support South African govt. This was a big initiative by UNICEF to create an environment and VISION opportunities for African underprivileged children to access to a range of safe, accessible and high-quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs. It included a developmentally appropriate curriculum, knowledgeable and well-trained program staff and educators and comprehensive services that support their health, nutrition, and social well-being in an environment that respects and supports diversity.
Project Amply is an another big project using mobile and blockchain technology (Ethereum) to increase impact and accountability of public services and generate real-time data. It is a protocol that provide every child with their own self-sovereign digital identity based on the blockchain. Project Amply will create accountable blockchain based Subsidies Management Platform that will ensure every kid to receive benefits and services that they might not have received in the past.
The pilot project will replace an existing paper-based system to register children for a government funded pre-school subsidy in South Africa. Children’s attendance at classes and other useful information will be captured using mobile app used by the management. This will create a trust based system in which funding will be made available for children who need it. a child’s digital identity and personal data are privately owned and controlled by the individual (with some help from their guardians).
This is a big step towards both the application of Ethreum (blockchain) based system and step to provide developmental need of children in South Africa. This project is supported by South African govt. and UNICEF.
“When we’re looking at problems like giving someone an identity when they don’t have a sovereign identity granted to them, or how you allow movement of money from one place to another quickly, those are things that blockchain starts to hint at.”
Christopher Fabian, UNICEF Innovation Fund
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