What can Blockchain do for MERL?

September 5th, 9am-5pm

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Hosted at Chemonics International
1717 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Tired of the blockchain hype, but still curious on how it will impact MERL? Join us for a full day workshop with development practitioners who have implemented blockchain solutions with social impact goals in various countries. Gain knowledge of the technical promises and drawbacks of blockchain technology as it stands today and brainstorm how it may be able to solve for some of the challenges in MERL in the future. Learn about ethical design principles for blockchain and how to engage with blockchain service providers to ensure that your ideas and programs are realistic and avoid harm. Full agenda coming soon!


Shailee Adinolfi is an international development professional with over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of financial services, technology, and global development. Recently, she performed business development, marketing, account management, and solution design as Vice President at BanQu, a Blockchain-based identity platform. She held a variety of leadership roles on projects related to mobile banking, financial inclusion, and the development of emerging markets. More about Shailee here.

Michael Cooper is a former Associate Director for Policy and Evaluation who has 13 years experience with the U.S. Department of State, USAID and Millennium Challenge Corporation.  In this capacity, he had technical oversight on dozens of independent mixed-method evaluations, creation of learning agendas, and development of due diligence protocols/processes for program selection, design, evolution, close out and evaluation.  Mike is the founder of Emergence, an analytical firm dedicated to applying problem-driven approaches and adaptive management thinking to social outcomes and evaluation results that inform decision-making.  Emergence is pioneering organizational and regulatory approaches and toolkits to blockchain adoption and sustainment by applying digital principles and creating a design space where solutions can be tested and scaled in a manageable fashion.  Emergence is a member of the Blockchain for Social Impact consortium, is working with the IOX Foundation in exploring blockchain applications for impact data, and is advising numerous organizations in blockchain solutions for social and poverty issues.  Mike can be reached at

Dr Valentine (Val) Joseph Gandhi is an Implementation Scientist, Development Economist, Policy Advisor, Poverty and Livelihood Impact Evaluation Specialist, ICT4D and Knowledge Manager, currently based between Jakarta and Nairobi, with over 15 years of interdisciplinary, quantitative and qualitative research, teaching/training and project management, M&E, Strategic consulting, knowledge sharing and capacity building and development experience at both field and policy level with various UN, CGIAR and Donor agencies. He has developed and led multi country projects on Livelihoods, ICT4D, Health and Climate Smart Ag technologies. He is the founder of the think tank The Development CAFE. He actively promotes innovation in M&E and Research. Among other initiatives, he currently leads multiple projects that use blockchain technology for refugees as well as IoT based climate smart agriculture. More on Val at LinkedIn.

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