Bitcoin Nonprofit BitGive Announces Research Collaboration with University of Edinburgh

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New research collaboration between Edinburgh University and BitGive. The research is analysing activity at the intersection between FinTech and the charitable sector, with a particular focus on how the vision for giving through crypto-currencies and blockchain is being realised in macro-, meso- and micro-cultural context.  

Period24 May 2018

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  • TitleBitcoin Nonprofit BitGive Announces Research Collaboration with University of Edinburgh
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

    BitGive, the first Bitcoin 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has announced a research collaboration with the University of Edinburgh to investigate the effect of cryptocurrencies on the global charitable sector. The goal of the collaboration is to use the research to formulate a better, more cohesive approach to leveraging cryptocurrency for charitable giving. The research will examine the opportunities and challenges of using and converting cryptocurrency within developing economies. BitGive has explored this topic in depth through the 2017 launch of GiveTrack, a blockchain-based donation platform that offers individuals the ability to trace the path of their charitable donations in real time. BitGive unveiled the research collaboration to university researchers and conference attendees at OxChain’s Blockchain and the Global South Conference in London.

    Connie Gallippi, Founder of BitGive, said: “It’s been incredibly rewarding to see our GiveTrack platform gain unabating momentum since its launch in October 2017. Throughout this process, we’ve discovered numerous opportunities, as well as challenges and barriers, that have helped to shape the development of our platform and helped to define crypto-philanthropy. Using this knowledge, in tandem with the bright minds at the University of Edinburgh, BitGive will be delving into how to overcome the roadblocks to effective crypto-philanthropy and establish how cryptocurrency can best be used to uplift and revolutionise the charitable sector. This research collaboration will help organisations looking to engage in crypto-philanthropy and provide them with the guidelines they need to be successful.”

    The research collaboration will examine GiveTrack’s past implementations in Indonesia, India, and Kenya to investigate the feasibility, utility, and acceptance of cryptocurrency in these regions. The team will explore how barriers such as regulation, user and merchant adoption, and the influences of local culture and government affect the use of cryptocurrency on the ground.

    Dr. Claudia Pagliari, Research Partner at the University of Edinburgh, said: “As one of the first organisations to leverage the power of blockchain and cryptocurrency for charitable giving, BitGive is a true pioneer in the crypto-philanthropy sector. Through their experience of planning and delivering projects using the GiveTrack platform, Connie and her team have gained important insights into how cryptocurrency can be effectively used to support humanitarian efforts in developing countries, as well as some of the challenges involved. Through the research collaboration with BitGive, and meeting key stakeholders, we aim to learn as much as we can about the technical and contextual factors that can influence the success of these approaches, so that this knowledge can be used to inform future programmes worldwide.”

    PersonsClaudia Pagliari, Jay Evans, Connie Gallippi


  • Bitcoin
  • Global Development
  • Global Health
  • Philanthropy
  • FinTech
  • Complex systems