Middle East

A Wallet That’s Never Lost

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In the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, Syrian refugees can use an iris scanner to pay for groceries. The program, called Building Blocks, helps the World Food Programme to give cash-for-food aid to over 100,000 refugees in Jordan. Many hope such a system could eventually lead to a “digital wallet” that would allow refugees to confirm their identities for a widespread set of services, even without documents.

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