Diwala is a digital economy platform powered by
blockchain that enables refugees
to actively build their identity &
Diwala is a digital economy platform powered by blockchain that enables refugees to actively build and
verify their identity & skills
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Diwala wants to encourage refugees to be
resourceful. Enabling them to showcase their
skillset and their ability to provide a life for
themselves both inside and outside the refugee camps.
"We are facing the biggest refugee
and displacement crisis of our time. Above all,
this is not just a crisis of numbers;
it is also a crisis of solidarity."
Ban Ki Moon, United Nations
A new start..
Kaouthar had done one year of engineering before
the war reached Damascus and she had to flee out of Syria. She was lucky, her boatride only
lasted four and a half hours. But the color blue is now only a vivid picture of the boatride to
Italy fleeing from Syria. Still, Kaouthar feels that its important to take responsibility, and
start her life in Norway.
When an asylum seeker is given refugee protection,
they need to attend different kind of integration procedures and courses.
But it can be difficult for a refugee to know what to do next; at the moment there are very few
resettlement services that help refugees navigate the labour market.
Did you know?
Refugees might have unaddressed trauma from
witnessing conflict or the stress of fleeing their home countries. Some have difficulties with
language: many educated refugees have learnt English but other European languages will be less
Prejudice from employers when they apply for jobs is another issue as is a lack of recognition
of qualifications and work placements, as well as gaps in CV. (UNHCR 2016)
The 1951 UNHCR Refugee Convention enables a
person to ask for safety from persecution from a signatory country. It has saved millions of lives.
An 'asylum seeker' may have their claim for safety refused. But if they are accepted, they are a
'Refugee' and gets to stay.
a person who has been forced to leave their country
in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
Some might stay
in a camp for months
Since a lot of countries
are closing the borders, refugees are going to be stuck longer then ever before. In these
instances ensuring the resilience of a community and providing opportunities for a decent
life becomes increasingly important beyond short-term aid initiatives.
"Refugees have skills, ideas, hopes and dreams… They are also tough, resilient and creative, with the energy and drive to shape their own destinies, given the chance." UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grand.
How it works
Diwala is a
decentralized digital economy platform built on blockchain technology. It is
easily extendable, and we believe there are many valuable products that can be built on top of
Diwala, either by us or others.
The platform will
provide tokens (digital currency) to it's ecosystem which will
not be available for trading outside the refugee world, as for now. This will create a better
controlled market and provide a valuble function to the Diwala Ecosystem.
and selling of services and goods with the Diwala token, refugees will be able
to create a transaction history for themselves which is documented in the blockchain in a
personal secure manner. We can ex. automate this transaction history into a resumee of skillset
Identity and motivation
The refugees will
build up an identity through their transactions, which is stored safely on the
blockchain ledger. It is not possible to go and erase others or your own story, which is an
essential part of the blockchain. This will give incentives to the refugees to live a life while
they are in the refugee camps. Every transaction can be showcased and validated by others that
buy their services or products.
Every Refugee will be able to get a start
capital with Diwala tokens to buy and trade services starting within the camps. They can
then build their own identity by a history of transactions.
Diwala connects unbanked people with a
digital currency (diwala tokens) which is safe to hold assets or when they have to move to
another camp or country. This means that foodstamps and physical money arent necessary,
which can prevent blackmarkets
To enable and support business and
entrepreneurship opportunities for refugees. We can give donors direct opportunity to give
tokens or pay for services delivered internally from refugee to refugee. This improves
efficiency, transparency, and respect between donors and beneficiaries.
We enable p2p skill learning between refugees
and give everyone exclusive right to their own tokens. We can match camp-based or external
job and service opportunities via the blockchain reputation system, and provide refugees
with an opportunity to live an active live and potentially grow their funds to be
self-sustainable inside the camps.
The Diwala platform has the potential to especially empowerwomen & children by providing them with an individual opportunity
to build their skillset and job opportunites for the future.
36 HOURS at UN WOMEN &
INNOVATION NORWAY KATAPULT HACKATHON
Although most of us were unfamiliar with each other, we jumped straight into the
challenge of creating a concept built upon Blockchain and helping refugees. Within 36
hours we worked on to discover what we thought would be the best solution we could think
of, and in doing so we came up with Diwala.
PITCHING & WINNING
initial idea at hand we presented it for the other participants of the hackathon. We had
many pages of concepts and ideas, and managed to distill it into 15 pages that we had 5
minutes to convey
The concept was well received, and we were one of three groups that won the
Hackathon! We were overjoyed, but soon landed as we were told the presentation would
have to cut down into three minutes until next morning. We had 10 hours to make it
perfect, hours which were intended to get some sleep as well. Needless to say, not many
hours were spent on that endeavour.
PITCHING AT KATAPULT & FEEDBACK
were nervous before presenting Diwala at the main stage at Katapult Future Fest. Even
the crown princess of Norway was amongst the audience! But the presentation went without
a hitch, and we got a lot of positive feedback and contacts with interested parties
during the conference.
team workshop to further develop Diwala. Lean prototyping and testing for feedback on
the first product with norwegian asylum seekers.
case study with Norwegian refugees that's been in Zaatari or developed camps that has an
existing market infrastructure and right to work within the camps.
Human Centered Design Research
with in-depth interviews with refugees to have a deep understanding for the problem area
and what kind of services that are a real need for the Diwala platform to facilitate.
Co-creating the best possible MVP of
the first Diwala product.
prototyping and testing for feedback on the first product with norwegian asylum seekers
Launch first MVP
Thea Sommerseth Myhren
Snorre Lothar von Gohren Edwin
Co Founder, Creative Director
Hodo Elmi Aden
Front-end Developer & Economist
SHERPA SKILL GUIDE
Follow the journey
There are a multitude of services
and products that we can build
on top of the
We are currently doing design research to prototype
and validate different opportunities by collaborating with refugees that are in Norway. This is done
through the Diwala Ambassador program.
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to support our process.
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