Ethereum for the Next Billion: Announcing the EF Fellowship Program

The progress being made in the Ethereum ecosystem recently is de facto inspiring. Whether or not you’re excited by the adoption of proof of stake (and a quicker, safer, greener Ethereum), the coming Merge and different massive upgrades, or by a few of the many purposes and options which have the energy to alter various industries, it’s a nice time to be part of the Ethereum group.

Our evolving position

Whereas we’re all enthusiastic about the progress of Ethereum and the future that our collective work will help to create, I’m additionally usually requested about the position of the Ethereum Basis and the way our philosophy of subtraction matches into that future.

“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never 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 vital 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 handle the weeds when issues block wholesome progress in the backyard. We care not solely about longevity, but in addition about the well being of the Ethereum backyard in order that Ethereum stays “Ethereum”.

Searching for alternatives inside the greater image

In pursuing the longevity and well being of the ecosystem, I all the time encourage our staff to zoom out and have a look at the greater image, as we contemplate which of the excellent duties solely EF can do. One among the questions I usually ask is: “Are we looking at the users who would most benefit from Ethereum?”

Growing international locations as we speak account for over 80% of the world’s inhabitants, and of about 400,000 of infants born day by day round the world, greater than 360,000 are born in growing international locations. Individuals in growing nations signify not solely our future as a folks, however they might 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 growing international locations 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 Foundation Fellowship Program is a pilot venture that has been launched by Next Billion, a staff at EF that focuses on in search of alternatives in rising economies. The EF Fellowship Program gives us a possibility to work with change-makers, whose tasks have excessive potential to create influence in rising economies through the use of Ethereum. This system contains a distinctive expertise that features mentorship, experience and entry to leaders in the Ethereum ecosystem.

How is that this completely different from common grant help? Our imaginative and prescient will not be solely to help these particular tasks, however to create a ripple impact. We hope others will be taught from the work of this cohort, and be impressed to do related 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 check and showcase Ethereum’s potential to allow the viability and sustainability of services and products that focus on the backside of the wealth pyramid.

Chuy Cepeda (OS.City) gives municipal and nationwide governments a platform to simply problem digital identities and blockchain-based paperwork to their residents, with a imaginative and prescient to in the future maintain government-issued paperwork (like permits and IDs) in our Ethereum wallets. Throughout the Fellowship Program, he and his staff will work with the authorities of Argentina and create methods to advance the significant adoption of blockchain in 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 includes a number of experiments utilizing blockchain, and it may function a mannequin for different social enterprises, and for the growth 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 supply as we speak’s most vital public good to billions of at the moment unconnected folks, Naroa is envisioning many roles that blockchain can play, from rising the accountability of service suppliers and financing connectivity infrastructures, to an entry level to the world 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 assets to areas which are nonetheless blue ocean for the way forward for Ethereum. The problems being targeted 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 battle 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 create Ethereum to their tasks over the coming months. Congrats to Taira Ishikura and Serena Tan from the Next Billion staff on the launch, and we might additionally prefer to say particular thanks to those that helped us determine candidates.

We’re trying ahead to working with different group members in supporting these Fellows, and if you need to remain linked with the Fellowship Program or any of the Fellows, please sign up to stay informed here, or contact the staff at

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