From carbon-based cryptocurrencies to reward programmes for green projects, blockchain is helping tackle issues of transparency, accountability and traceability. What are the most innovative uses of blockchain, and is it actually working?
Sam Greene –
Funders’ perceptions that there is too much risk in investing at the local level prevents climate finance from making a real difference. Sam Greene discusses whether new technologies can benefit local communities while delivering the confidence donors and investors need to put their money where it matters.
Serufusa Sekidde –
The growth of cryptocurrencies has given rise to a new breed of billionaires, who have made their wealth through currencies like Bitcoin. GSK's Serufusa Sekidde explains why they should be investing in healthcare for the less privileged.
Cloud-based traceability databases and Blockchain-based distributed ledgers now enable supply chain managers to track the path the cobalt travels, to check for any potential material smuggling, child labour, and other high-risk activities.
Lauren Carter, Director of Climate Finance Initiatives at BEYA Capital and Co-Founder of Finance the Future looks at how new technologies and financing techniques might change the way that action on climate action is funded.
As we face up to the challenges of the coming year, how does the global landscape for sustainable development look? IIED director Andrew Norton offers his thoughts on the key debates and changes we may see during 2018, and what they might mean for IIED's work.