Ripple is working closely with MoneyGram and Western Union to eliminate as much friction as possible from international remittances for customers. Stellar Lumens is doing the same, except they’re working with European remittance services. This ancient service, when powered with blockchain technology, becomes state-of-the-art. Transactions are completed in minutes for a minuscule fraction of the previous cost, and they’re exceedingly safe.
That’s why the cryptosphere has caught KNOMAD’s attention. It’s invited, Dilip Rao, Ripple’s Global Head of Infrastructure Innovation, to deliver a seminar at the World Bank Main Building (room 13-121 in case you’re interested) to discuss the way in which Distributed Ledger Technology (which is what non-geeks call the blockchain) is upending the way money moves across the world today.
This is a huge moment for both Ripple and the world’s crypto community. A prestigious humanitarian organization which has nothing at all to do with finances, math, computer science, or any of the disciplines commonly linked with blockchain technology is taking an interest in the way in which cryptocurrencies and chains of blocks can make life better, cheaper, more accessible to one of the most vulnerable groups of people in the globe, the migrants.
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It means that the world at large is finally starting to notice the inherent advantages in blockchain technology and it’s losing the fear it’s had so far to adopt them and make them work. Or, to put it another way, crypto is, at last, starting to become reputable.
KNOMAD’s website defines the organization in these words:
“The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) is a global hub of knowledge and policy expertise on migration and development issues”
It’s a brain trust that serves the global migrants all around the globe. It’s inclusive, open, multidisciplinary. It aims to create a knowledge partnership that policymakers can use when it comes to people crossing borders between countries. The idea is to develop a menu of policy choices based on empirical evidence, to evaluate current policies, and to collect data. It’s all peer-reviewed.
The organization provides technical assistance but also as many pilot programs of its own. It works very closely with the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and with all the UN agencies that deal with migration.
It has a multi-donor trust fund established by the World Bank, and its main contributors are the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. It’s based at the World Bank, in Washington DC.
One of the migration-related issues to which KNOMAD pays a lot of attention are international remittances because a very significant portion of that market originates from migrant workers who need to send money back to their families in their home country. It’s sponsored many books on the subject. This is the issue in which global migration and crypto converge.
We salute KNOMAD’s interest to learn about Ripple’s technology, and we salute Ripple as well for its willingness to lend a hand to the institutions that are working hard to make the world better, even if slowly.
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