Universal Identity Hub (UIH)
United Nations Women Blockchain Live Test and Simulation
The United Nations (UN Women) has called for teams from throughout the world to propose blockchain solutions that address the needs of women and families in fragile contexts. The initiative is funded by Innovation Norway. Other UN agencies, NGOs, UN Member States, academic institutions, private sector, and thought leaders are participating in the project. A team comprising ChromaWay, the international development firm, Abt Associates, and the land documentation NGO, Cadasta, created the Universal Identity Hub (UIH). The registry is build on ChromaWay’s consortium database technology, Postchain, and is integrated with Cadasta’s land documentation application. The UIH enables UN agencies to collect critical data on an individual on land claims, health records, education attainment, and other elements of identity.
The collected identity data has a number of benefits. For example, it is envisioned that the solution could be used as a basis of alternative credit data for micro-lending institutions to extend loans. Given that land ownership is fundamental to economic well-being, the UIH's integration with Cadasta provided the UN a powerful example of the power of blockchain solutions. The ChromaWay/Cadasta/Abt Team was one of just 10 teams selected from over 200 submissions to present at the UN in New York City in January of 2018. During the three-day event, the UIH team demonstrated the solution to over 150 UN representatives and stakeholders based in the US, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The team is currently exploring field testing opportunities with UN agencies, national governments, other multi-lateral institutions, and NGO partners.