Yoti has added three new startups to its Humanitarian Tech Support Programme. The Programme was first announced earlier this year, and was set up to help socially-oriented tech companies develop solutions that will fulfill the needs of specific communities.
The new members of the program are People in Need, Bitprop, and Humanity Data Systems. The former was established to help the victims of armed conflict, and has since expanded its mission to provide aid to people caught in natural disasters and to tackle long-term problems like education and access to safe drinking water.
Bitprop, on the other hand, is a company that helps people invest in property and manage the rental market in underdeveloped areas, while Human Data Systems is trying to use data analytics and AI to facilitate the delivery of aid resources to people in conflict zones. Doing so will improve the response times of humanitarian organizations in crisis situations.
Yoti will provide technical expertise to help each company meet its humanitarian objectives. People in Need is currently developing an open-source web platform called Humansis, which is designed to help humanitarian organizations reach their intended beneficiaries. Human Data Systems will leverage Yoti’s experience to accelerate its own development, and Bitprop will take advantage of Yoti’s authentication technology to verify the identities of home owners and register new users in its system. Bitprop will also utilize the YotiSign document signing solution.
All three companies will join Lanterne in the Humanitarian Tech Support Programme. Lanterne was the first company admitted to the Programme, and is currently working to develop an alert system for fieldworkers in Afghanistan.
The Humanitarian Tech Support Programme is in keeping with Yoti’s broader commitment to social responsibility. The company previously launched a Fellowship Programme to study identity issues in the developing world, and has already published a pair of field diaries from a Fellow who is studying the human rights implications of the Smart ID national identity program in South Africa.
March 16, 2020 – by Eric Weiss