The Geopolitics of CBDCs

The Geopolitics of CBDCs

Written by Jannah Patchay, Policy Lead for the Digital Pound Foundation Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) – a digital form of central bank-issued fiat currency – have seen explosive growth in interest over the past four years. At the start of 2023, 114 countries, representing 95% of global GDP, are currently exploring CBDC, of which 60 […]

UN pilots blockchain and USDC stablecoin for disbursements in Ukraine

UN pilots blockchain and USDC stablecoin for disbursements in Ukraine

Source: Global Government Fintech The United Nations (UN) agency that helps refugees is trialling blockchain technology and a well-known so-called ‘stablecoin’ pegged to the US dollar for digital cash distribution to internally displaced persons and other war-affected people in Ukraine. UNHCR is working with the US-headquartered Stellar Development Foundation on the pilot initiative, which is […]

Can Stablecoins Revolutionize Foreign Aid? The UN Thinks So.

Can Stablecoins Revolutionize Foreign Aid? The UN Thinks So.

Source: Blockworks If only stablecoins had been around in the late aughts. The likes of USDC and USDT would have provided a viable — and, potentially, game-changing — alternative for cash aid disbursements in Iraq and Afghanistan following the US’ invasion of both Middle Eastern countries, according to the chief investment officer of a crypto […]

National Bank of Ukraine releases draft concept for digital hryvnia

National Bank of Ukraine releases draft concept for digital hryvnia

Source: Cointelegraph The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has introduced a draft concept for its central bank digital currency (CBDC) candidate digital hryvnia, or e-hryvnia. Ukraine’s central bank on Nov. 28 released a statement on the concept of e-hryvnia, which aims to perform all the functions of money by supplementing cash and non-cash forms of the hryvnia as its […]