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24
Sep

The Sustainable Development Goals: Land Tenure & Measurable Outcomes

Frank Pichel, CPO

For years, governments, civil society, and multi-lateral organizations have worked to build consensus regarding what sustainable development means and how it can be measured, in preparation for establishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The 17 goals and 169 targets outlined in the SDGs are intended to set the agenda for international development over the next 15 years and to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiring at the end of 2015. The final document is expected to be adopted during the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York September 25th – 27th.

18
Jun

Block Chain for Land Administration

Frank Pichel, CPO

Over the past year, Bitcoin has come to the public's attention as an alternate, or cryptocurrency, due largely to significant swings in value and its linkage to sites like Silk Road, the black market of the internet . While the focus on Bitcoin has been mostly on its potential impact to the banking and finance world, the most interesting component of it just might be a component of its inherent architecture - block chain. 

03
Jun

The Power of the Network

Noel Taylor, CEO & President

I was fortunate enough to have recently participated in the Omidyar Network Executive Forum (ONEF), as well sitting on a panel discussing “crowdsourcing everything” at the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Global Digital Forum, both in San Francisco. Generally speaking, the participants at these two events couldn’t have been more different in their missions, but at the same time they couldn’t have been more similar in the ways many of them are going about achieving those missions.

16
Mar

Making People Count

Peter Rabley, Director of Property Rights Investments, Omidyar Network
Noel Taylor, CEO & President, Cadasta

Sometimes the toughest problems can be tackled by the simplest of solutions.

Consider Makena. She is a bright, energetic 13 year-old who lives with her family in Kibera in Nairobi – the largest urban slum in Africa. Like every adolescent girl in the world, Makena is at a critical life crossroads where her next few years will probably determine the rest of her life. Will she be able to stay in school? Will she become a doctor, a lawyer, a carpenter, or a mechanical engineer? Will she be able to make choices about her own life? Or, will she be forced to drop out of school?

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