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Development Finance: Can Bitcoin play a role in social finance?

23 Jun 2016


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  • Title: Can Bitcoin play a role in social finance?
  • Date: 29 Feb 2016
  • Publication: Development Finance

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development has released a new paper that explores the potential for digital currency Bitcoin to facilitate what author Brett Scott describes as ‘truly empowering social and solidarity-based finance’.

“Bitcoin has been ambivalently received by many in international development circles,” the report states. “Despite this, the question of whether Bitcoin can be harnessed to build [a] new means of solidarity-based finance remains unanswered. This paper sketches out some key issues practitioners should consider when thinking about cryptocurrency technology.”

Read the full article here.

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