Cardano Partners with Ethiopian Government to Provide Blockchain-Based ID System


IOHK announced a new strategic partnership for Cardano that involves an African government. Cardano will provide blockchain solutions for Ethiopian students. According to the announcement, more than 5 million Ethiopian students and their teachers will benefit from the new decentralized solution.

Cardano will offer a blockchain-based system for recording student and teacher IDs and attainments. The decentralized system will enhance the verifications, monitoring, education, and also employment in Ethiopia.

Blockchain Helping the Developing Countries

Cardano has numerous plans for expanding its reach to more countries around the world. Providing blockchain-based solutions to developing countries is a great strategic step that surely helps Cardano find new users and customers. The latest program from IOHK and other Cardano Community members focuses on Africa as a strategic region. The latest partnership between Cardano and the Ethiopian government is a positive movement that will help the students and teachers in the country.

The Cardano-based identity solution, Atala PRISM, is the main subject of partnership with the Ethiopian education system. It will help the authorities in Ethiopia create tamper-proof educational performance records. 3,500 schools in the country will use the system. It covers about 5 million students and 750,000 teachers. These records help students have a reliable record of their educational performance and also help employers have access to accurate records and certificates.

IOHK and Cardano Foundation

The Ethiopian government has a program called Digital Ethiopia 2025 with plans for a nationwide digital transformation. The latest partnership with Cardano is part of that program. Atala Prism is the first system in Ethiopia to issue IDs based on the government’s national identity standard. IOHK says the government is examining other Atala products to implement in other parts of the digital transformation program.

IOHK says that a focus on developing countries will surely help blockchain-based solutions find markets easier and faster. It says in the latest blog post:

“We have long recognized that developing countries could uniquely benefit from blockchain technology because of their lack of embedded, legacy digital systems and the fact that blockchains are lower cost than cumbersome infrastructure. Hence, we are already working with other governments on using blockchain to digitize public services, including a project with Georgia’s Ministry of Education pioneering the use of its Atala products to underpin a blockchain-based system for verifying graduate degrees.”

As mentioned above, the strategic partnership with the Ethiopian government is a step in Cardano’s #CardanoAfrica program. An official show will be held on April 29th to announce more partnerships and programs.

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