SHANZHAI LABS

A think tank for the advancement of social development and social finance innovation

Research to Close Data Divide

Areas of Research

Our practice-based research focuses on how ubiquitous technologies can create systems to facilitate sustainable development and innovative capital outlay, spanning influencing factors such as financial inclusion, data literacy, and community participation. 

We conduct research towards the development of open-source products and services as well as for creating holistic data-driven strategies for clients that seek to improve quality of life on our planet.  

SDRI

Sustainable Development Readiness Index 

helps to assess data literacy, financial literacy and impact literacy of developing communities and development projects 

Qol metrics

Quality of Life or QoL metrics is a progressive measurement of change of living standard of all end-beneficiaries as a common comparable data layer among all projects.

Social Finance

Social finance research explores global cases of financing social development and how such models is adaptable in specific communities supported by decentralized technologies.

Progressive DID

Progressive Decentralized Identity or Progressive DID is to develop tiers of DID protocols to protect identity and create data sovereignty for members of vulnerable communities.

Publications

White Papers, Feasibility Studies, Field Notes...

Knowledge to create change should not remain an academic endeavor.  We believe in sharing our findings as we dig deeper into problems and solutions on the ground, learning directly from listening to communities and co-creating with stakeholders.