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Blockchain in governance: how transparency and immutability can redefine governance in Africa

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Six weeks into the the African Blockchain Developers Call, the web conference series aimed at increased participation and adoption of blockchain solutions was held on the FLOOR Platform on the 10th of October, 2020 where the theme “Voting on the Blockchain” was explored and examined by experts and professionals in the blockchain and governance space. The future of governance was discussed and how blockchain solutions can drive innovation in the voting sector to enhance transparency and ease in the democratic sector.

In his presentation, Adedayo Adebajo stated that the structure of the blockchain algorithm allows for transparency and ease in government’s activities. He posited that the large number of individuals governed over in a nation-state, especially in democratic developing nations, necessitates finding a mechanism that would ease the rendering of services in the governance process. He mentioned that futuristic governance must include technology-based solutions, run on solutions like blockchain technology, in its policies to thrive and survive.

Blockchain in governance, he mentioned, eases a lot in effective representation, such as in the election and legislative processes, where open or close ended questions may be created in the blockchain in choosing leaders or deciding laws to be enacted through voting. He advocated that adopting the solutions ensures that the citizens are practically involoved in the process of satisfaction of collective wants and needs, as every question and opinion in the blockchain counts. He claimed that blockchain and other technological solutions are key to driving innovation in the governance sector and that appropriate measures should be taken to make the mechanism work.

The CEO of i-Elect, Ojumah Jerry, in his platform presentation, stated that the i-Elect platform is created to curb the anomalies in the electoral process and ensure that every vote cast in electing leaders count without interference or manipulation. He stated that the platform employs blockchain solutions in ensuring that the election process is tamper-proof, accessible, private, affordable and tension-less. He expressed his optimism that blockchain solutions would go a long way in aiding transparency in elections and in the governance system.

In SuperVoting.net’s platform presentation, Corrado Andriani stated the importance of taking reasonable steps to make it hard to cheat in elections while making it easier for legitimate voters to vote. He posited that vote alteration and manipulation endangers democracy’s existence and that the SuperVoting uses the Ardor Blockchain voting system to ensure that the wishes of citizens reflect through voting when electing their leaders. He explained that the platform is encrypted to protect votes to ensure that the voices of the voters count.

Panelist discussion on the role of blockchain in electoral process

Blockchain in governance panelists at the ABDC series (week 6)

The Combined Panel Session was graced by experts and professionals in the governance and blockchain fields. The session included Ojumah Jerry, Kehinde Olashore, Corrado Andriani, Roselyne Wanjiru, the Director of Growth and Acquisitions at Pesabase and  Vincent Hoffman, EVP, Community Relations, HTMLCOIN and ATHASH. They all gave opinions on emerging and recurring issues in blockchain and governance and how the solutions could drive innovations in the sector. 

Corrado Andriani posited that the adoption of blockchain into the governance process would create different jobs in the sector and help the process in efficiency and transparency. He stated that the infrastructure cost for blockchain solutions in the sector is zero and the solutions would reduce high spending that may be diverted into the electoral process.

Vincent Hoffman stated that blockchain solutions would automate the electoral system and ensure more participation on the part of the masses. He explained that blockchain brings about trust in the process and ensures that the process digitally for individuals to participate and be involved in the comfort of their homes. He stated that the adoption of blockchain solutions would increase participation and turnout in democracies in developing countries.

Roselyne Wanjiru mentioned that African politicians and government politicians may resist the adoption tech solutions as it would reduce exploitation and advocated that more work should be done towards the adoption of tech solutions in the electoral process. She stated that blockchain innovations in voting eases the process and makes the citizens involved in the process as it is easy to use even for individuals with no knowledge of blockchain. She posited that social trust and confidence in the process must be garnered in the system to ensure that the innovations work in the electoral process.

Ojumah Jerry enjoined experts that educating and orientating the grassroots is important in driving the necessary change to keep the citizenry aware of these solutions. He also stated that the process should be digitalized to ensure that indigenous individuals can participate in the process. He mentioned that the solutions must be adopted in phases as the blockchain sector itself is in its developing stages.

Kehinde Olashore explained that his platform, Datacrest, adopts the Oracle data ledger to ensure that the voting system and other emerging technologies is seamlessly done on the platform. He advocated that there should be collaboration with electoral commissions to ensure the adoption of these technologies to the electoral process.

The panelists gave ideas on how trust can be achieved in the voting system and how blockchain solutions would enhance the performance and participation in the electoral process. They also agreed that the blockchain technology and process can be trusted to ensure that the electoral process is free and fair in the reflection of the wishes of people in governance.

The African Blockchain Developers Call virtual weekend series is still ongoing. You can register via this link: https://bgeg.floor.bz/

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Adedimeji Quayyim Abdul-Hafeez is an enthusiast of digital technologies and loves studying new trends in the technology sector. He loves innovation and believes science holds the keys to future's fates. He tweets @quayyimbakr and receives mails at quayyyimadedimeji@gmail.com

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Africa Blockchain Developers Call organises pitch day, set €1000 cash reward for best pitch

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The Africa Blockchain Developers Call (ABDC) is set to hold its Pitch Day, which is a day event for finalists of the ABDC Bootcamp. The event would be held on Saturday, 28th of November, 2020.

The event, sponsored by Jelurida, shall witness finalists “present their amazing real life possible Blockchain solutions in different economic sectors.” The Bootcamp trainees shall present their three projects on the Ardor Platform in a competition to win the grand prize of €1000. According to the organization, the prize shall be awarded for the best solutions deployed on the Ardor Network.

The pitches shall include the presentation of Prynk, a veritable saving plan. Also, Medsync, a healthcare management platform, would be pitched by the finalists. The third pitch would be based on the blockchain solution MV Ledger, a distributed store chain solution which is built to store vehicle information from manufacturer to end-user.

The event, which is scheduled to be held on the virtual conferencing platform, Zoom, would be held by 12:00 PM West/ Central Africa time. The event is aimed at rewarding innovation and talent in distributed ledger technologies and stimulate participation in the blockchain sector. Details of registration are contained here.

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ABDC Series draws to a close after twelve weeks, explores Blockchain Application to Smart Metering and Real Estate

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It has been an adventure into a world of insight and prospects, as the African Blockchain Developers Call ended its weekend series with its final session on the 21st of November, 2020.

The session, marking its scheduled twelfth session, with the themes “BlocBlockchain in Smart Metering as applicable to Power, Water etc” and “Blockchain in Real Estate” featured an examination into the prospects of blockchain technology in driving innovation and Smart Metering and Real Estate. The session, which was a merger of its intended theme on Smart Metering and theme of the Series’ eight week on Real Estate which was re-scheduled, featured insightful discussions from experts who preferred solutions on how blockchain could drive positive change in the sector.

The session had blockchain experts and professionals such as Nnamdi Uba, Joey Jones, Adedayo Adebajo, John Karanja and Vincent Hoffmann who drove discussions on the workings of the sector and how new technologies could drive efficiency and transparency in the industries.

Smart Metering was proposed as a viable solution to the transparency aimed to be achieved in some sectors and as a paradigm creating newer business opportunities on a competitive terrain. Also, the Real Estate session featured possibilities of Blockchain, IoT synergies in the space and how effective tokenization of real estate assets could be on the blockchain.

The twelfth session would serve as the last of the Series which explored viabilities of the application of blockchain technology to fundraising, agriculture, media and arts, governance, health, education, supply chain and decentralized market places towards driving innovation in these industries.

The convener of the Series, Adebayo Adebajo, explained the objective of the sessions and stated that the sessions had gone a long in driving brilliant discussions and conversations on the application of distributed ledger technologies to different industries to drive growth and development. He mentioned that the African Blockchain Developers Call had also driven a lot of enthusiasm and interest in the blockchain solutions through its Bootcamp, where budding developers and enthusiasts are trained on the workings of blockchain and how they could apply them to industries to drive innovation and development.

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How blockchain applications could drive innovations in the Agriculture industry

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Blockchain applications in agriculture

The African Blockchain Developers Call (ABDC), a web conference series aimed at increased participation and adoption of blockchain solutions, which ran on its on the FLOOR Platform consistently for more than ten weeks, explored the theme “Agriculture Blockchain Applications” in its tenth week of its weekend series. The session, which explored the pros and cons of the application of blockchain to the agriculture sector and the possibilities of IoT and blockchain synergies applications to the industry, was held on the 7th of November, 2020.

In the keynote address titled “Distributed Technology for Green Economy Revitalization,” the Special Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker for the Session, Genevieve Leveille, explored on the significance of individuals and countries being bedrocks for upliftment of the agriculture sector to grow economies and the impact of Distributed Ledger Technologies in increasing effectiveness and ease of agricultural operations. She highlighted the activities of her organization, AgriLedger, in providing services to farmers by using new technologies to simplify and ease agricultural processes. She also mentioned that DLTs has potentials of increasing profits, ensuring food sustainability, implementing automation and uplifting farmers towards driving innovation in the agriculture sector.

For the Platform Presentations segment, Ismail Waziri Gombe, who serves as Secure Agric (Agrikoin)’s CEO, stipulated the operations of his organization in building sustainable agricultural platforms and aiding farmers in the financial transactions relating to their businesses. He highlighted his platform’s collaborations and partnerships with the Bank of Agriculture in developing strategies towards effective distribution of farm products to farmers in developing farmlands. He stated that blockchain helps in driving accountability amongst participants in the agriculture industry towards driving development in the sector.

In the GEORA platform presentation, Birdie Ohlsson explained how the platform agri-supply chains by using disruptive technologies in driving sustainable development in agriculture. She stated that the platform works with farmers, industry bodies and financiers in providing financial solutions in the sector. She mentioned that DLTs and blockchain has helped its users ease their operations in the agriculture sector towards ensuring proper record keeping and accountability in the sector.

Cassiano Peres, Brexbit’s Co-Founder, explained that the platform provides modern solutions to the lack of validity for data, lack of transparency in information and the hitches in bureaucracy in the agriculture sector. He stated that the platform uses Ethereum Smart Contracts in creating versatility and laying foundations for blockchain technologies for users in providing security, accountability and transparency in the records of farmers. He mentioned that disruptive technologies hold the potentials in driving information security and transparency in the agriculture sector.

In the GH Blockchain platform presentation, Hilina Damte stated the platform’s quest in digitizing and revolutionizing trade, especially in the agriculture sector. She emphasized that inefficiency, lack of visibility, data management and barriers to finance affects farmers in productivity and her startup is focused in solving these problems and providing solutions to these hitches. She explained that the organization is committed to “solving inefficiencies and building transparency in the export sector using blockchain technology for payments, tracking and smart contracts.”

Panel session on the roles Blockchain can play in the Agriculture industry

Africa Yikes Farm projects in Kenya
Africa Yikes Farm Projects in Kenya

The combined panel session explored issues in the fundraising and blockchain sector. The Panelists featured professionals from the sector including Genevieve Leveille, Hilina Damte, Cassiano Peres and Birdie Ohlsson who all delved on emerging issues relating the disruptive technologies and blockchain in the agriculture sector and the viability of blockchain in driving innovation in agriculture towards collective development.

Birdie Ohlsson argued that the pandemic period is a moment of re-evaluation of policies in place in the agriculture sector to allow for disruptive technologies to drive growth in the industry. She stated that agricultural supply chains could utilize blockchain technologies in certifying assets and creating transparent registries that would go a long way in creating credible records for businesses of farmers. She also mentioned privacy poses a challenge to records in agricultural industries and urges industries to invest in securities and encryption to keep their records safe and unbreached.

She stated that accessibility to the internet is a challenge to the adoption of blockchain technology and urges platforms to use techniques that would lessen this inconvenience and improve better in Internet connectivity. She emphasized that tech providers should orientate farmers with value statements on why they should adopt blockchain to their businesses and they should also ensure that they serve up to the quality of services they claim to provide.

Cassiano Peres mentioned that territorial and infrastructural differences could either pose challenges or potentials to the application of new technologies or solutions to agricultural processes and called for proper evaluation of policies before the adoption of blockchain technology to agriculture. He advised that platforms should adopt strategies to trace data and products to allow for ease in the oversight of processes in the agriculture sector.

Hilina Damte examined agricultural practices in Ethiopia and mentioned that new technologies would go a long way in facilitating cooperation between farmers and consumers and creating a future workforce where there is integrity and transparency in the data driving the markets. She argued that farmers should be on the frontlines to enable end-to-end visibility that would drive development in agri-businesses and supply chains, going a long way in making these technologies work. 

She mentioned that blockchain and distributed ledgers, being booming technologies, would improve accessibility to data and posited that government regulations not caring up to new innovations may be a big drawback to the adoption of blockchain technology to the agriculture sector. She submitted that African industries hold promise in the drive for innovation in the agricultural sector.

Genevieve Leveille posited that there is an opportunity to adopt blockchain solutions to the sector in promoting transparency in agricultural processes to improve data security and record integrity of farm records. She stated that she believes in collaboration amongst participating parties as blockchain allows the participation of diverse parties to achieve fair outcomes. She mentioned that trust should be created to enable participation and seamless adoption of the blockchain and new technologies in agriculture.

Ms. Leveille stated that the adoption of AI technologies would create an opportunity in understanding what the demands and shortages are and would be able to drive intelligence and productivity in agricultural processes that would drastically decrease loss. 

The speakers and panelists explored strategies and policies to ensure agriculture blockchain applications and the prospects of blockchain technology in driving innovation and development in the agriculture sector and in agricultural industries.

The African Blockchain Developers Call virtual weekend series is still ongoing. You can register via this link: https://bgeg.floor.bz/

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