The World Food Program (WFP) has implemented a digital microwork project that connects young people to an online microwork platform enabling them to earn income from machine learning jobs using cryptocurrency and e-wallets.
With over 2 billion people globally working in the informal sector, and a majority not having access to formal financial institutions and no bank accounts to receive payments, the project aims to change this and allow marginalized communities participate in the global economy using mobile phones.
The booming artificial intelligence (AI) data annotation industry is a potent source of jobs for communities with limited opportunities in the local job market, including informal sector workers. However, people who don’t have computers and the internet to complete digital microwork assignments cannot access this online marketplace.
As part of this initiative, Corsali, a machine learning platform for businesses, is developing a platform that makes digital microwork accessible and available on a mobile device. Celo’s blockchain technology offers a faster and more affordable means of payment relative to existing options, significantly reducing the transaction fees for bite-sized microwork.
The prototype has been created and has so far engaged 32 participants in Kenya with further pilots in the Philippines and Timor-Leste involving 370 people.
In January 2021, the platform engaged over 400 low-income youth to test the full payment rail with further iterations expected to offer more crypto-based financial products and services to participants.
NB: Look out for video interviews with Corsali microwork participants dropping soon on BitKE