UNICEF – Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2020 – Zimbabwe: our time, our turn and our future

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Young people are experts in their own lives and experiences. They have the ideas and energy to create a better world for themselves – if only we give them the chance. We recognise that while talent is universal, opportunity is not.///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA..

UNICEF supports young people who have brilliant ideas but lack the resources to turn ideas into reality. These young innovators generate their own game-changing ideas and make positive contribution towards community needs.

The Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge, for instance encourages young innovators to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic engagement.

It inspires young people with brilliant ideas; but without key resources to bring them to reality. This includes young refugees, those who face daily discrimination due to their ethnicity, their gender or their disability and those who are disadvantaged by poverty.

Harare, Zimbabwe – In a country where the average textbook- pupil ratio stands at 1:8 at O’level, four 23-year-olds balanced between gruelling final year university studies and launching a technology start-up that could solve Zimbabwe’s challenge of textbook scarcity and unaffordability. Team Amigo, as Simbarashe Duane Andre, Blessing-Mau Maunze, Brighton Mahatchi and Farayi Goronga, call themselves, entered the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge with the assistance of UNICEF Zimbabwe partner, BOOST. They emerged as one of the 5 global winnerswho received $20,000 each in April 2019 from Generation Unlimited for developing an application that delivers learning materials to students at low cost.

 

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Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2020 Application.

Click HERE to access the application guide and apply. This Application Guide will lead you through the process of applying to Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge!. If it seems like a lot, don’t worry—we promise it’s way, way easier (and shorter!) than it looks. In fact, all of the questions are designed to help your team submit the best possible application, and we’ll even give you some tips along the way. During the Workshop, we’ll work together to create solutions to challenges around education and training, employment, entrepreneurship, equity and engagement but the most important step in creating a successful solution is to get a good understanding of the problem. This Guide will lead you through identifying and analyzing a problem faced by you and your peers.

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World Food Programme (WFP) Taps Into Blockchain Technology, Helps Syrian Refugees in Jordan With Identity, Relief Aide And Employment

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By Crimson Tazvinzwa

The World Food Programme  rolls out blockchain technology —a type of distributed ledger technolog as part of its “Building Blocks” pilot, to expand refugees’ choices in how they access and spend their money.

Migrants try to stay afloat after falling off their rubber dinghy during a rescue operation by Moas off the coast of Zawiya in Libya ( Reuters )

The humanitarian aide agency also explores the feasibility and effectiveness of Building Blocks cash transfers, their security and transparency. Most notably, the World Food Programme  has used blockchain to deliver food aide more efficiently to 106,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. Building Blocks facilitates cash transfers while protecting beneficiary data, controlling financial risks, and allowing for greater collaboration.

Blockchain; Weapon against hunger?

At the heart of Building Blocks is research showing that direct cash transfers to those in need can be the most effective and efficient way to distribute humanitarian assistance while also improving domestic economies. In 2018 for instance WFP distributed record cash transfers of $1.76 billion with bare minimum risks.

Blockchain is an irreversible ledger which records the transfer of data.

But distributing cash depends on local financial ecosystems and, where possible, WFP prioritizes working through and strengthening the local financial environment. However, in some contexts, financial service providers are either insufficient or unreliable. In others, refugees face restrictions in opening bank accounts. That’s why in January 2017, WFP initiated a proof-of-concept project in Sindh province, Pakistan, to test the capabilities of using blockchain for authenticating and registering beneficiary transactions. The blockchain technology behind the project allowed direct, secure, and fast transactions between participants and WFP—without requiring a financial intermediary like a bank to connect the two parties.

Biometric recognition (also known as biometrics) refers to the automated recognition of individuals based on their biological and behavioral traits (ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37). Examples of biometric traits include fingerprint, face, iris, palmprint, retina, hand geometry, voice, signature and gait

After refining the project’s approach, the next phase of Building Blocks was implemented in two refugee camps in Jordan. Now, over 100,000 people living in the camps can purchase groceries by scanning an iris at checkout. Cash value from WFP or other partners is stored in a beneficiary ‘account’ maintained on the blockchain, but the cash that beneficiaries receive or spend on goods and services is paid to the beneficiaries or to the retailers through a commercial financial service provider. Built on a private, permissioned blockchain, and integrated with UNHCR’s existing biometric authentication technologyWFP has a record of every transaction. This not only saves on financial transaction fees in the camp setting but ensures greater security and privacy for Syrian refugees.

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UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership rival, quits cabinet

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Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership rival and UK Foreign Secretary quits the in-coming Prime Minister’s cabinet//CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

 

It may be just a few hours since Boris Johnson took over as prime minister, but over half of those who sat in yesterday’s cabinet have now been sacked or resigned//BBC News

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Alan Turing, father of modern day computing, victim of bigotry and ignorance, The International Day of LGBTQ+ People in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – 5th July, 2019

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Alan Turing, father of modern day computing, victim of bigotry and ignorance//CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

 

Stansted Airport: 25 – year- old woman arrested after RAF jets scrambled to escort Jet2 flight back to Stansted

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A Jet2 flight was forced to return to Stansted due to an “extremely disruptive passenger”

 

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