Ethereum for the Subsequent Billion: Asserting the EF Fellowship Program

The progress being made within the Ethereum ecosystem recently is basically 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 massive upgrades, or by a number of the many purposes and options which have the ability to vary numerous industries, it’s a nice time to be part of the Ethereum neighborhood.

Our evolving function

Whereas we’re all excited in regards to the progress of Ethereum and the longer term that our collective work might help to create, I’m additionally usually requested in regards to the function of the Ethereum Basis and the way our philosophy of subtraction suits into that future.

“Society grows nice when outdated males plant timber whose shade they know they shall by no means sit in.”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

Once 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 necessary 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.

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

In search of alternatives inside the larger image

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

Growing international locations at the moment account for over 80% of the world’s inhabitants, and of about 400,000 of infants born day-after-day all over the world, greater than 360,000 are born in creating international locations. Folks in creating nations signify not solely our future as a folks, however they could additionally signify the subsequent billion lively customers of Ethereum. Which means 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 international locations the place these traits are sometimes briefly 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 looking for alternatives in rising economies. The EF Fellowship Program gives us a possibility to work with change-makers, whose initiatives have excessive potential to create influence in rising economies through the use of Ethereum. This system incorporates a distinctive expertise that features mentorship, experience and entry to leaders within the Ethereum ecosystem.

How is that this completely different from common grant assist? Our imaginative and prescient shouldn’t be solely to assist these particular initiatives, however to create a ripple impact. We hope others will be taught 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 that focus on the underside of the wealth pyramid.

Chuy Cepeda (OS.Metropolis) gives municipal and nationwide governments a platform to simply concern digital identities and blockchain-based paperwork to their residents, with a imaginative and prescient to at some point maintain government-issued paperwork (like permits and IDs) in our Ethereum wallets. In the course of 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. Based mostly in Bangladesh, BRAC serves over 100 million folks yearly. Kuldeep’s venture includes a number of experiments utilizing blockchain, and it might function a mannequin for different social enterprises, and for the event sector at giant.

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 offer at the moment’s most necessary public good to billions of at present 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 financial 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 centered upon have giant 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 combat in opposition to 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 carry 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 might additionally wish to say particular thanks to those that helped us establish candidates.

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

Michael Evans

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