“Improved Public Service Delivery and Enhanced Governance in Rural Uzbekistan” is a joint project conducted by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), funded by the European Union. The overall goal of the project is to improve the quality of life of vulnerable sectors of the population in rural areas – such as women, youth and children, the elderly and people with disabilities – by enhancing their access to public services, and the quality of their provision. Equally, the project aims to strengthen citizen participation in the decision-making processes at the local level and increase their access to information, effectively increasing the transparency of the local governance system.
In the context of this project, UNU-EGOV will produce a policy paper on how to introduce blockchain technologies to public service delivery. The study is funded by the United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan.
Research will be conducted to explore the opportunities for distributed ledger technologies in the transformation of selected public services, to be provided in pilot regions, for ensuring integrity, trust and transparency of service-related data and associated transactions; for example, in land registries, business registries, notary services, etc.
The policy paper is expected to provide real life insights into the viability of such technologies, as well as to identify the legal and policy implications of rolling out distributed-ledger technologies in the country. In addition to research and feasibility studies, analysis, prototyping blockchain-based solution in public service delivery will be undertaken. To this end, local and international consultants (technical writers, business analysts and blockchain experts) will be recruited, servers & IT equipment for piloting blockchain solutions will be procured.
The project outcomes include:
Report of research on preparing a new approach for Uzbekistan to applying the blockchain technology in public service delivery system.
Consultation process with ket stakeholders.
Report on the opportunities for distributed ledger technologies in the transformation of selected public services.
Final policy paper on the opportunities for distributed ledger technologies in the transformation of selected public services.