Corruption poses significant threats to countries around the world; it weakens institutions, erodes trust and threatens the economy by undermining fair competition and discouraging investment and trade.UNODC is the sole custodian of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and under the FTU project is set to support and build capacity of member states in Eastern Africa in four major thematic areas; i) public procurement ii) Whistleblower protection iii) Financial Investigations and iv) International cooperation.
Blockchain technology builds on traceability, transparency & accountability and has subsequently attracted academic and donor curiosity as a tool to support anti-corruption efforts. Transparency is an essential element of both a blockchain and any anti-corruption effort. Because of its transparent nature, blockchain holds a lot of promise.
Blockchain makes corruption more difficult because it is a distributed-ledger technology that can certify records and transactions – or “blocks” – without the use of a central database and in a way that cannot be erased, altered or tampered with. It provides an unprecedented level of integrity, security and reliability to the information it manages, reducing the risks associated with having a single point of failure. It eliminates the need for intermediaries, cuts red tape and reduces the risk of arbitrary discretion. It also makes it possible to track and trace transactions. The immutable trail of transactions can be used by law enforcement and government auditors.
The East African Virtual Hackathon is a six-week virtual programming marathon for innovative young developers in Eastern Africa to design and implement block chain- based software applications in solving real world challenges on anti-corruption. The challenge will be focused on three major thematic areas i.e Whistle blower protection, Public Procurement and Financial Investigations.
The Block Chain Challenge is open to all youths up to the age of 35 that may or may not be in colleges and universities across Eastern Africa, including those in innovation hubs, entrepreneurship and in employment. Participants might be supported by partners abroad as well as professionals in research centers, innovation hubs, universities, and institutes as well as government and business leaders. The partners will serve as mentors during the competition.
At the end of the hackathon, excellence awards will be offered to teams and individuals that exhibit extraordinary, innovative and entrepreneurial talent in their project concept and design and implementation in three major categories: i) novelty of the proposed application , b) potential economic impact, and c) potential social impact
Proposed prizes include:
UNODC is looking to support winners with research grants and pilot implementation of their prototypes, with the goal of seeding a UN Tech Hub in Nairobi through the winners of the challenge.
Oct 26 to Oct 31- Ideation Week
Nov 1 to Nov 23 - Coding weeks
Team Submission: 23rd November 2020 6pm (EAT)
Pitch Day: 26th November 2020
Submission judging: 27-29th November 2020
Winners Announced: 1st December 2020
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