The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) has announced the latest recipients of its Bitcoin Development Fund, this time giving a total of $455,000 to 12 projects worldwide through its Bitcoin Development Fund.
NEW: @HRF gifts 16.5 BTC (~$455,000) via its Bitcoin Development Fund to support 12 projects worldwide
🎁 Scaling and privacy
🎁 Censorship-resistant comms
🎁 Education inside authoritarian regimes
🎁 Core development
🎁 Community buildinghttps://t.co/1726e58sdt
— Alex Gladstein 🌋 ⚡ (@gladstein) May 9, 2023
According to HRF, the grants focus on improving Bitcoin scaling, privacy, decentralization, global education, censorship-resistant communication and community-building efforts, with areas of focus including Africa and Asia.
Since 2020, HRF has allocated more than $2.7 million in BTC and USD since to over 80 developers, educators, and open-source initiatives worldwide according to a press release sent to Bitcoin Magazine.
4 of the revealed grants are set to benefit the following African projects:
1.) Bitcoin Innovation Hub Uganda
One grant recipient is Meron Estefanos, a renowned Swedish-Eritrean journalist, author, human rights activist.
According to HRF, Estefanos has received $50,000 to create Bitcoin Innovation Hub Uganda. The hub aims to equip local youth with practical skills to become sovereign individuals and will host local meetups to serve as a Bitcoin awareness and learning center. Ugandans face difficulty receiving remittances due to high fees and obstacles in obtaining ID cards, the press release states.
2.) Bitcoin Sénégal
$10,000 will go to Nourou for Bitcoin Sénégal, a group that hosts meetups, creates educational content, and onboards local merchants to Bitcoin.
“This donation encourages the popularization and awareness work on bitcoin started 2 years ago, but also finances future initiatives,” the group said in response.
3.) Bitcoin in Africa Show (United States)
Charlene Fadirepo got $10,000 for the Bitcoin in Africa Show, providing education, insights and thoughtful conversations ‘to deepen the understanding of Bitcoin across the African continent,’ the press release described.
4.) Bitcoin Dada Kenya
$10,000 will go to Lorraine Marcel for Bitcoin DADA, a women-centric organization with contributors based in Kenya and beyond that educates African women in the Bitcoin space.
“Your grant is not just a donation, but a symbol of hope and a lifeline for many marginalized women who have been left behind by traditional financial systems,” said Bitcoin Dada.
In February 2023, the Bitcoin Development Fund gave $100,00 to Qala, a fellowship program training the next generation of African Bitcoin and Lightning developers. The Africa Bitcoin Conference, the leading conference in Africa that focuses on Bitcoin, also received a grant of $75,000 at the time.
The Bitcoin Development Fund by HRF aims to expedite the development of privacy-preserving technologies for Bitcoin users and enhance infrastructure to make Bitcoin more accessible across the globe. The next round of grants will be unveiled in August 2023.
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