ConsenSys to Launch Blockchain for Social Impact Initiative in Iraq

Reiterating its commitment to using technology to build a more humane society, ConsenSys has confirmed its support of Re:Coded Iraq. Re:Coded, a humanitarian innovation non-profit organization founded in 2017, provides coding and entrepreneurship training, mentorship opportunities and facilitates employment and freelancing opportunities for conflict-affected youth across the MENA region.

The global blockchain specialist firm has developed a mentorship program for Re:Coded trainers, which includes general and technical blockchain training courses run by Mostafa Farghaly, Blockchain Protocol Engineer and Ammar Kurabi, Senior Technical Project Manager from ConsenSys MENA. This will enable the trainers to then deliver training courses at their centers in Iraq.

Since early 2014, over 3.3 million Iraqis have been internally displaced due to conflict, and more than 240,000 Syrian refugees currently live in Iraq. The humanitarian crisis has created many difficulties, disrupting sectors such as education and employment.

“Our aim in Iraq is to bring together local developers, designers, social entrepreneurs, humanitarians, and community residents to develop creative technology solutions that address the specific challenges facing this war-torn region. These include barriers to education, difficulty accessing the job market and social cohesion between displaced Iraqis and host community members,” said Samsul Karim, Senior Edtech Expert, ConsenSys.

In addition to this, ConsenSys has extended its support by sharing numerous resources with Re:Coded in addition to the training and mentoring. “One Re:Coded trainer has also received a scholarship to attend the ConsenSys Academy Developer Training Program in October, a testament to the fact that there is a talent to be harnessed in this conflict zone,” added Karim

Based in Erbil, Country Director Zahra Shah is currently coordinating with partners globally for funding and support with training and employment and freelancing opportunities for Re:Coded students. Her colleague Ehsan, a trainer, also based in Erbil has been instrumental in helping build significant interest in blockchain and is currently delivering one boot camp on blockchain for Re:Coded students.

“The support from ConsenSys goes a long way in helping Re:Coded meet its goals, which include increasing female participation in the tech sector, upskilling conflict-affected youth to enter the digital economy and providing employment opportunities for graduates,” added Zahra Shah, Country Director, Re:Coded.

“Buoyed by our initial success and once we have delivered more comprehensive developer training, we are looking into growing our Bounties network, enabling students who complete the program to use Bounties to apply their skills and contribute to the community,” she added.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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