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Kiva, Sierra Leone And United Nations Agencies Partner To Implement “Credit Bureau Of The Future”

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NEW YORKSept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone announced today at the 73rd Session of the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) a partnership that brings together leading technology nonprofit Kiva, the U.N. Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) for the launch of a bold, new initiative designed to give the country’s seven million citizens, most of whom have no credit history or formal identity, access to financial services.

The centerpiece of the partnership is the new Kiva Protocol, which will create and establish a national digital identification system using distributed ledger technology (DLT). The system will help ensure that every citizen in Sierra Leone has secure and complete ownership of their personal data and information.

“Through this implementation, Sierra Leone is setting out to build one of the most advanced, secure credit bureaus. It could serve as a model for both developing and developed nations in the future and has the potential to radically change the landscape of financial inclusion,” said Xavier Michon, Deputy Executive Secretary of UNCDF.

“The Government of Sierra Leone has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNDP, UNCDF and Kiva on strengthening our National Digital Identification and Credit Reference Bureau process,” said President Maada Bio. “Sierra Leone will now modernize its Credit Reference Bureau and radically transform its financial inclusion landscape.”

Globally, 1.7 billion adults are unbanked and unable to access the financial services they need to improve their lives and their families’ futures. Two of the major barriers to accessing financial services are a lack of formal identification and a lack of verifiable credit history.

Kiva ProtocolThe new Kiva Protocol is designed to address these barriers by issuing digital identification to all citizens and enabling formal and informal financial institutions to contribute to a person’s verifiable credit history. Currently, unbanked people cannot leverage financial transactions from the ‘informal economy,’ such as credit with a local shopkeeper, to build their credit history. The Kiva Protocol will capture a wide range of financial transactions—from bank loans to credit with a local shopkeeper—to help people access the financial services they need, including loans for businesses, education or basic medical services.

Kiva, the international nonprofit that has crowdfunded more than $1.2 billion in loans for people in more than 80 countries, is building the system that will record these transactions using distributed ledger technology. For 13 years, Kiva has worked to provide financial access to the unbanked and underserved, becoming a trusted name with strong partnerships across the global microfinance industry. The organization identified that a systems-level change in identification and credit history has the potential to unlock massive amounts of capital for the populations they serve so began the hunt for a solution.

“With this partnership in Sierra Leone, we hope to carve a path to a system of global identity and federated credit history,” said Kiva CEO Neville Crawley. “This can unlock capital for the populations who need it most, allowing lenders to massively increase services and the flow of funds to the world’s unbanked.”

Rollout of the Sierra Leone project is planned for 2019, after continued ongoing implementation discussions.

For more information, visit kiva.org/protocol

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UTU – the first African Blockchain Startup to announce IDO on Binance DEX

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PRAGUE / NAIROBI / VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN Sep 20 2019Æ Ventures, an investment company that provides initial funding, acceleration, and advisory support to blockchain projects, today announced that Starfleet graduate UTU Technologies, a Nairobi-based company building a trust infrastructure for the sharing economy on æternity blockchain, is launching an IDO (Initial DEX Offering) on Binance DEX.

UTUUTU will launch its IDO on Binance DEX at Æternity Universe One, the first conference dedicated to the Æternity Blockchain’s growing ecosystem taking place September 20-21, 2019 in Prague. While IDOs are a fairly new concept, they are growing in popularity due to their independent nature, as they are independent of Binance and are 100 percent self-organized by the token issuer. UTU’s decision to employ this new funding measure is rooted in the company’s core values of trust and innovation.

UTU delivers proprietary trust recommendations to decentralized applications with the aim to disrupt anonymous star ratings and reviews, which are the current standard for discerning trustworthiness of digitally contracted service providers. The goal is to transform the online services industry by tokenizing the acquisition of users and data and creating a safe space to securely store and govern data access while providing monetary incentives for endorsing trusted service providers. UTU’s technology runs on a graph database, powered by machine learning, that is adapted for each user’s unique preferences and trust model. Therefore, in operation, UTU’s API seamlessly serves up personalized recommendations for trusted service providers on sharing platforms to drive conversion, satisfaction, retention and viral acquisition.

UTU’s technology is particularly useful for establishing trust for P2P e-commerce, P2P lending, and online professional services. For example, fintech platforms can use UTU to evaluate credit risks with little or no formal data, helping them to better understand the correlational risk to their portfolio. Online professional services like content and copywriters can use UTU to build trust and relationships, therefore driving conversion up by 20 percent, satisfaction up by 10 percent and they can generate up to 30 invites per new user.

“From the onset, our mission has been to bring real-world trust to the digital world; and we believe conducting an IDO is the next step up toward expanding this vision,” said Jason Eisen, CEO of UTU Technologies.

UTU will also showcase its technology at this year’s Æternity Universe One conference. This milestone highlights UTU’s development since participating in Æ Ventures’ Starfleet Accelerator program where they received $200,000 USD in investment and went on to win the Startup World Cup at the Trescon Global AI Show.

“The Æ Ventures team is very proud of UTU’s success through our Starfleet accelerator program,” said Nikola Stojanow, CEO of Æ Ventures. “We share UTU’s vision of providing a safer, more trusted digital world, built around relationships; and we are happy to support their efforts to build a solid blockchain ecosystem in Africa.”

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BIAN Announces National Campus Blockchain Hackathon Focused on Sustainable Growth

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The Blockchain Industry Association of Nigeria (BIAN) – formerly Nigeria Blockchain Alliance (NBA) – in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) announces the National Campus Blockchain Hackathon focused on sustainable growth. With the successful launch of Campus Blockchain Hackathon in five (5) Nigerian universities, the Blockchain Industry Association of Nigeria (BIAN), the brain box behind the Campus Blockchain Development Programme is concluding the pilot stage of Campus Blockchain Hackathon with a national programme.

Campus Blockchain Hackathon is an initiative of Blockchain Industry Association of Nigeria (BIAN), a sub-division of Cryptography Development Initiative in Nigeria (CDIN), in engaging the academic community on the importance of Blockchain Technology, its relevant use cases, and more specific, its adoption for innovative solutions. The Hackathon aimed to give Nigeria University students early exposure to the career and business opportunities being presented by the Blockchain/DLT digital innovations in order to domesticate the knowledge and skills for sustainable national development.

African tech startupsThe two-day event will bring together developers, enthusiasts, stakeholders, and students from the various teams that participated in the subsequent hackathon hosted by the initiative. With the theme; “Blockchain Innovations for Sustainable Growth,” the event is scheduled to hold in Nigeria’s federal capital territory, Abuja, on 24th and 25th of September, 2019. The National Campus Blockchain Program is proudly sponsored by Jelurida, IBM, and Nile University of Nigeria. Virtually everyone will agree, Technology can play a vital role in achieving sustainable growth. The blockchain is one of such that can help accelerate this progress. Just like the arrival of the internet which launched us into an era of technological change, the blockchain is a cutting-edge technology that possesses similar potential to redefine and transform every sector.

Through this project, the Campus Blockchain Hackathon seeks to harness innovation, by providing blockchain literacy, inclusion, skills and proffer long term solutions to critical problems towards the sustainable growth we desire.

Commenting from BIAN’s office in Abuja, Mr. Adeolu Fadele, President of BIAN said: “Education is the bedrock of any country’s development; the educational system of any country is considered as the cornerstone for meaningful achievements. The element of continuity and change remains hinged on education. Therefore, even though there is evidence of improved public understanding, increasing mainstream interest, and the emergence of startups that are building practical solutions using the blockchain technology in Nigeria today, however, all these cannot be considered to be true development until the learning institutions are carried along in a structured and sustainable manner.”

Campus Blockchain Hackathon began in October 2018, at the foremost Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, with over 1000 participants from the first day, undeniable evidence of Nigerian students’ growing interest in emerging technology as Blockchain Technology. After which, the project reached Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Kwara State University; Federal University of Technology, Akure, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr. Kayode Babarinde, National Coordinator, Campus Blockchain Development Programme said: “The enthusiasm and participation of students across the five (5) universities in which Campus Blockchain Hackathon has been successfully held, has demonstrated that student culture in Nigerian universities goes beyond the norms of obtaining the degree and getting a good job. They are beginning to think outside the box and see real value in emerging technology as Blockchain. With the National Hackathon, we can look forward to mind-blowing innovations.”

The National Campus Blockchain Hackathon will also explore and fuel insightful discussions around key areas by featuring keynote sessions, panel discussions, learning, networking amongst others. The Program is Chaired by Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi, Director General, at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

The event is open to entrepreneurs, software engineers, blockchain developers, start-up founders, business/tech consultants, government stakeholders and as well as individual with a keen interest in the field of blockchain.

For registration and further details please refer to the event website: www.bit.ly/nationalcampushack

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MEETUP: September 21, 2019 OKEX Brings the CryptoTour Africa 2019 to Kenya

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OKEx, the Malta-based mega crypto exchange, will be holding a meetup in Kenya, on September 21, 2019, featuring key speakers in the blockchain and crypto space in Kenya.

OKEx is looking to introduce its mega crypto exchange in the region to enables traders to margin trade for a profit.

The OKEx Cryptotour Africa 2019 will cover four African countries namely:

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa

The upcoming CryptoTour Africa 2019, Nairobi Edition, meetup will feature:

OKEx Meetup

Speakers who will be presenting at the OKEx CryptoTour Africa 2019

Roselyne Gicira – Chairperson, Blockchain Association of Kenya

Felix Macharia – Head of Operations, EOS Nairobi

Alex Matu – Crypto Trader / Trainer, BitcoinKE

Five lucky winners who attend the event will be rewarded with each winner getting 50 USDK ($50). Other gift perks will include OKEx T-Shirts, pens, key holders, and stickers for attendees.

Come enjoy great conversations, networking, drinks, and nibbles!

Event Details

DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2019

TIME: 12:00PM – 3:00PM

LOCATION: Nairobi Garage, Pinetree Plaza, Kaburu Drive, Off Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya

REGISTRATION LINKhttp://bit.ly/OKEXRegistrationKE

RSVP to Attend. The event is FREE.

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