Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Ethereum for the Subsequent Billion: Saying the EF Fellowship Program

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The progress being made within the Ethereum ecosystem currently is actually inspiring. Whether or not you’re excited by the adoption of proof of stake (and a sooner, safer, greener Ethereum), the approaching Merge and different large upgrades, or by a few of the many functions and options which have the ability to alter various industries, it’s a nice time to be part of the Ethereum neighborhood.

Our evolving function

Whereas we’re all excited concerning the progress of Ethereum and the long run that our collective work may also help to create, I’m additionally typically requested concerning the function of the Ethereum Basis and the way our philosophy of subtraction matches into that future.

“Society grows nice when previous males plant timber whose shade they know they shall by no means sit in.” – nameless Greek proverb

After we take into consideration creating an actual and lasting influence, one which outlives all of us personally in addition to our organizations, it turns into essential for us to subtract the place we are able to in order that the ecosystem – the Ethereum backyard – can sustainably exist and thrive with out relying an excessive amount of on EF or another entity.

Nevertheless, we additionally perceive that there are numerous issues that won’t occur organically till the backyard matures. Somebody must plant seeds, others have to water them. And we deal with the weeds when issues block wholesome progress within the backyard. We care not solely about longevity, but in addition concerning the well being of the Ethereum backyard in order that Ethereum stays “Ethereum”.

Searching for alternatives throughout the greater image

In pursuing the longevity and well being of the ecosystem, I all the time encourage our group to zoom out and take a look at the larger image, as we contemplate which of the excellent duties solely EF can do. One of many questions I typically ask is: “Are we wanting on the customers who would most profit from Ethereum?”

Growing nations right now account for over 80% of the world’s inhabitants, and of about 400,000 of infants born on daily basis all over the world, greater than 360,000 are born in creating nations. Folks in creating nations symbolize not solely our future as a folks, however they could additionally symbolize the following billion lively customers of Ethereum. Meaning new generations of builders that collectively make Ethereum’s tomorrow extra resilient and stronger. As well as, Ethereum’s functionality to allow belief, transparency, effectivity, and coordination has excessive potential in creating nations the place these traits are sometimes in brief provide. It’s on this context – an overlap between alternatives, influence, and potential for Ethereum – that the Ethereum Basis Fellowship Program was created.

Meet the EF Fellowship Program

The Ethereum Basis Fellowship Program is a pilot venture that has been launched by Subsequent Billion, a group at EF that focuses on in search of alternatives in rising economies. The EF Fellowship Program supplies us a possibility to work with change-makers, whose initiatives have excessive potential to create influence in rising economies by utilizing Ethereum. This system incorporates a distinctive expertise that features mentorship, experience and entry to leaders within the Ethereum ecosystem.

How is that this totally different from common grant help? Our imaginative and prescient isn’t solely to help these particular initiatives, however to create a ripple impact. We hope others will study from the work of this cohort, and be impressed to do comparable work in their very own communities, and even to create upgraded options.

Our inaugural cohort

Benson Njuguna (Acre Africa) is working to implement blockchain options to a microinsurance product that protects 1000’s of small-scale farmers in Kenya from excessive climate occasions. His venture will take a look at and showcase Ethereum’s potential to allow the viability and sustainability of services and products that concentrate on the underside of the wealth pyramid.

Chuy Cepeda (OS.Metropolis) supplies municipal and nationwide governments a platform to simply subject digital identities and blockchain-based paperwork to their residents, with a imaginative and prescient to someday maintain government-issued paperwork (like permits and IDs) in our Ethereum wallets. Throughout the Fellowship Program, he and his group will work with the federal government of Argentina and create methods to advance the significant adoption of blockchain within the public sector in Latin America.

Kuldeep Bandhu Aryal (BRAC) will develop a blockchain and crypto technique for BRAC, the world’s largest NGO. Primarily based in Bangladesh, BRAC serves over 100 million folks yearly. Kuldeep’s venture entails a number of experiments utilizing blockchain, and it may function a mannequin for different social enterprises, and for the event sector at massive.

Naroa Zurutuza (Giga) is exploring Ethereum-based options as a part of Giga’s effort to attach each college to the web. By serving to to supply right now’s most essential public good to billions of presently unconnected folks, Naroa is envisioning many roles that blockchain can play, from growing the accountability of service suppliers and financing connectivity infrastructures, to an entry level to the worldwide economic system and marketplaces.

Keep knowledgeable and concerned

Whereas beginning small and as an experiment with this pilot class, this program can be a brand new strategic avenue for EF to allocate sources to areas which can be nonetheless blue ocean for the way forward for Ethereum. The problems being targeted upon have massive and long-term implications on Ethereum’s worth as one thing that may obtain public sector adoption whereas serving to to result in monetary inclusion, positively impacting the battle towards local weather change and extra.

We’re excited to start out working with Benson, Chuy, Kuldeep and Naroa for the pilot yr of the Ethereum Basis Fellowship Program as they create Ethereum to their initiatives over the approaching months. Congrats to Taira Ishikura and Serena Tan from the Subsequent Billion group on the launch, and we’d additionally prefer to say particular thanks to those that helped us establish candidates.

We’re wanting ahead to working with different neighborhood members in supporting these Fellows, and if you want to remain related with the Fellowship Program or any of the Fellows, please signal as much as keep knowledgeable right here, or contact the group at

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