Cardano developer, Charles Hoskinson announced a partnership with Ethiopian government in order to launch a blockchain-based national ID system. This is one of the biggest projects to expand blockchain use cases worldwide. Let’s have a quick look at Cardano partnership with Ethiopia.
Cardano partnership with Ethiopia
This collaboration will be implemented using decentralized solution based on Cardano network and is called “Atala Prism”, which is currently using in Ethiopian schools.
This technology is used to create “tamper-proof records” of the academic performance for 5 million students in more than 3500 schools in order to verify their scores in a fraction of a second.
This news was released a few months ago, while Hoskinson unveiled Cardano’s other activities such as providing the tracking technology and its use cases in agriculture, digital national identity card and healthcare. He also had spoken about a Cardano center in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, as well as its expansion into South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.
Ethiopian digital transformation
It is notable that Ethiopia partnership with Cardano is a part of Ethiopian digital transformation strategy called “Digital Ethiopia 2025”. As a part of this plan, Ethiopian government has introduced a standard national identity, which issues national identity cards according to this standard using Atala PRISM for the first time. This strategy is to execute ambitious economic transformations including creation of the first Ethiopian stock market, allocating a tablet and access to the internet for all the students and teachers. However, this program is exactly the opposite of what government has done before including shutting-down the internet in Tigray, which provoked protests from human-rights defenders.
Now, Cardano fans are berating the foundation for collaborating with a government that violates human rights. What do you think? Would this partnership make Cardano grow more?