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. See the agenda here!


Shailee Adinolfi is currently Director, Blockchain Solutions at ConsenSys, a venture production studio harnessing the power of ethereum. She was previously Vice President of Account Management and Marketing at BanQu Inc., which creates Economic Identities (patent pending) for people, assets and organizations on the distributed ledger, linking them to the global economy. At FHI 360, Shailee was a Technical Advisor, Digital Financial Services and Project Director for the USAID Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research project (mSTAR), while serving on the Steering Committee of Indian Partnership for Cashless Commerce (, a $6 million donor funded entity focused on accelerating merchant acceptance of digital payments, to increase financial inclusion. She led FHI 360’s Malawi Mobile Money Accelerator Program and facilitated Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office in joining the UNCDF’s Better than Cash Alliance. At Chemonics International, Ms. Adinolfi supported development of mobile money action plans for Afghanistan, Malawi, and Indonesia funded by USAID, assessed purchase order finance (POF) loan product targeting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Armenia. At Accenture, she supported the Delivery Operations Information System (DOIS) for the US Postal Service, to manage their carriers and routes nation-wide. She holds a BA in Business Administration and MA in International Affairs from American University.

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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