Blog.
All about our Smart Donations trial
with Oxfam Austraila.

Cyclone Protector

In a series of blogs, we’re going to explain the details of each different 'Smart Donation' you can sign up for through the Smart Donations app over the duration of the pilot.


This contract is about protecting the Pacific Islands and helping them prepare for tropical cyclones. Some cyclones remain out in the ocean, and are low risk, but others can be devastating. We can monitor different kinds of cyclone events, from their formation to endangering populations in specific regions, and on this basis, you can pledge your support.



Fight Climate Change

In a series of blogs, we’re going to explain the details of each different 'Smart Donation' you can sign up for through the Smart Donations app over the duration of the pilot.


This contract is about fighting climate change when we see temperatures rise across Australia. Australia's climate has warmed since 1910, consistent with the warming of its surrounding oceans. Using this contract, you can donate to support Oxfam’s fight against climate change whenever high temperatures are recorded in Australian cities.



Earthquake Insurance

In a series of blogs, we’re going to explain the details of each different 'Smart Donation' you can sign up for through the Smart Donations app over the duration of the pilot.

This earthquake insurance is about ensuring communities that are affected by an earthquake have the support they need, quickly. With this Smart Donation, we can use live earthquake data, to trigger donations to a pooled crisis fund that Oxfam can use to respond to natural disasters around the world. This Smart Donation works like a kind of insurance – your donation will be released every time an earthquake above a certain strength occurs in a region you care about. Those funds will then be used in the near future when and where they are needed most.



Shine a Light on Refugees

In a series of blogs, we’re going to explain the details of each different ‘Smart Donation’ you can sign up for through the Smart Donations app over the duration of the pilot.

The ‘Shine a Light on Refugees’ Smart Donation is about highlighting the issues facing refugees, and the role of online conversation. With this Smart Donation - whenever key politicians discuss refugees on Twitter, you can take action and make a small donation to Oxfam’s projects supporting refugees. In this way, while others are talking about refugees and migration, you can take an action that really makes a difference.



A welcome from the OxChain Team!

Together with Oxfam, the OxChain research initiative is investigating the opportunities of blockchain technology in the non-profit and international development sector.

Hi, welcome to the OxChain research project! We are a UK-based academic project, working in partnership with Oxfam Australia. In 2016 the OxChain project has been set-off to investigate the opportunities of in the non-profit and international development sector. In this blog post we would like to introduce some of our researchers behind the smart donations pilot, that will start in October 2019.




About the OxChain Smart Donation Pilot!

Oxfam Australia and three leading UK universities are piloting a novel model to support real-time conditional giving in Australia.

Emerging blockchain technologies promise to radically change the way we share, circulate and distribute value. Moreover, they offer a huge potential to disintermediate current business processes and provide means to establish new models of trust. However, the possible benefits for the international development sector have only begun to be understood, and much research and innovation in the blockchain domain is presently limited to the financial and tech industries.