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2018

Risky Business: Tenure Issues Main Deterrent for Investment | Global Landscapes Forum    [Quote]
Experts from finance, research and policy all cite land tenure as the biggest perceived risk in a new USAID study.
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Factoring in Land Rights in the Push for Sustainable Landscapes | Landscape News   [Feature]
What do land rights have to do with building the investment case for sustainable landscapes? According to Chief Program Officer Frank Pichel, a great deal.
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Strengthening Women’s Land Rights: The Neglected Lever Towards Increasing AG Production | Chicago Council on Global Affairs  [Opinion]
Frank Pichel discusses the dire need to improve women’s land rights and rights to inherit property around the world.
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Urbanization Triggers Land Disputes in Indian Cities | Reuters   [Quote]
What do land rights have to do with building the investment case for sustainable landscapes? According to Chief Program Officer Frank Pichel, a great deal.
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Faster CadastreRICS   [Feature]
A critical shortage of surveyors is slowing down the documentation of land around the world — a vital step in reducing poverty. Frank Pichel reveals how new technologies are replacing traditional surveys with quicker and easier methods.
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2017

Apps for Land AdministrationGIM International   [Mention]
The use of community participation, mobile technologies and cloud storage services could create a new way of undertaking land administration activities, and ultimately lead to more secure land rights for all.
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Digital Technologies for Resilience Workship e-Agriculture    [Opinion]
Cadasta participated in the Digital Technologies for Resilience Workshop in Bangkok.
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Four Bottom-up Solutions to Strengthen Land Rights in Emerging Markets Next Billion    [Opinion]
Although governments are beginning to invest in improved land information and administration, several organizations are already working from the ground up to address the paucity of land rights around the world.
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Africa: This Land is NOT for Sale All Africa   [Opinion]
Want to sell your property in a developed economy? Put up a for sale sign. Want to keep your property in an emerging economy? Put up a NOT for sale sign.
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Securing Land Rights in Africa Project Syndicate   [Opinion]
Across the continent, insecure rights to land are robbing millions of financial stability and long-term prosperity. While new technology is giving people the tools to define what’s theirs, governments must recognize that certainty of ownership is a prerequisite of sustainable development.
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Innovative Tools for Tenure Recordation GIM International   [Mention]
Cadasta and other organizations continue to integrate new and innovative methods in their drive to document property ownership around the world.
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Cadasta: Mapping Land Rights from the Bottom Up | xyHt   [Feature]
Cadasta helps put people on the map with a cloud-based platform for land-ownership data.
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2016

How Accessible and Reliable Is Your National Government’s Data? | GIM International   [Opinion]
You can join others from around the world in grading how your government makes data available through the Open Knowledge International Global Open Data Index survey.
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Using Fintech to Forge a More Transparent World | Forest News   [Quote]
Technological innovations like blockchains are opening up new frontiers – for land rights, supply chain governance and more.
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2015

Bitcoin Technology for Land Administration? | Devex    [Opinion]
Over the last year, Bitcoin has enjoyed significant news coverage, but does it have the potential to improve transparency in the context of land transaction records?
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Blog Posts

Are Property Rights Human Rights?
Which human rights are the most important? Ask this question in a developed economy and you will likely hear: the right to freedom of speech, religious freedom, or the right to freedom from discrimination and so on.
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What Data Do We Need? The Story of the Cadasta GODI Fellowship
There is a lot of data out there, but which data do users need to solve their issues? How can we, as an external body, know which data is vital so we can measure it?
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The Case for Thinking Local: Community Driven Land Information Systems
For the last decade, the international development community has – at great expense – repeatedly and unsuccessfully worked to create sustainable large-scale and cost-effective modern land tenure systems for emerging economies.
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The Case for Thinking Local: Community Driven Land Information Systems
For the last decade, the international development community has – at great expense – repeatedly and unsuccessfully worked to create sustainable large-scale and cost-effective modern land tenure systems for emerging economies.
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LandBulletin Editorial
An estimated 70 percent of land in emerging economies is undocumented.
In rural areas, from Chad to Cambodia, a majority of smallholders farm without the security of having legal rights to their land.

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An Open Platform for Documenting Property Rights
A functioning land administration sector is the foundation of a national economy, critical for economic growth. Unfortunately, effective land registry and cadastral systems with national coverage exist in only a fraction of the world’s countries.
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Pausing the Data Revolution to Ask a Few Questions
Google us. You’ll learn where both of us live, went to school and worked. You can even learn our political affiliation. All of this is thanks to the ongoing revolution of open data. Never before has so much information about our fellow humans been so readily available.
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FOSS 4G – Open Source and Open Data for Land Administration
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for GIS for the uninitiated) conference held in Bonn, Germany. As it was my first FOSS4G conference I wasn’t sure what to expect, nor whether property rights would even figure into the conversation given the diverse background of participants.
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Documenting Property Rights in Post Conflict Kosovo
Cadasta recently commenced a pilot project collaboration with the Kosovo Cadastral Agency (KCA) on adapting our technology driven solutions to improve efficiency within the registry and cadastral operations of Kosovo for field documentation of property rights claims.
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Namati and Cadasta Collaborate to Document Community Land Rights
A key priority for Cadasta Foundation following our launch in early 2015 was to identify long term organizational partners that have a track record of delivering impactful work with beneficiaries in strengthening their land and resource rights.
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Field Papers: Sometimes Pen and Paper is the Appropriate Technology
Over the last year as the team at Cadasta worked on the initial design, and subsequent development of the Cadasta Platform for documenting property rights, a critical consideration for us was ensuring flexibility in how data was collected for posting to the Platform.
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Technology and Land Rights Panel
The application of technology to development challenges is not a new phenomenon, however as technology becomes faster, cheaper and more accessible, there is an ever increasing potential to utilize technology in addressing challenges that have plagued development for years.
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Cadasta Leads Update of OpenGovGuide Land Chapter
Open data and transparency in property rights is a cornerstone of our work at Cadasta Foundation, where we focus on ensuring property rights information is open, accessible, and accurate, but most importantly, that it can be recorded in an equitable manner.
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Cadasta at The Open Government Partnership Summit
Thea and I are looking forward to attending the Open Government Partnership Global Summit this week in Mexico City, even arriving early to participate in the extractives data dive hosted by NRGI over the weekend.
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The Sustainable Development Goals: Land Tenure & Measurable Outcomes
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).
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Block Chain for Land Administration
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.
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Podcast

Democracy That Delivers #95: Cadasta’s Frank Pichel Explains How Land Rights Impact Modern Economies Paperblog    
Cadasta Foundation Interim CEO Frank Pichel discusses the importance of land rights on a Center for International Private Enterprise episode of the podcast “Democracy That Delivers.”
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Video

The Digital Landscape: Technology and Land Rights
USAID, Cadasta Foundation, Geospatial Media, and Thomson Reuters discuss the intersection of technology and land rights. This event is free and open to the public.
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Emerging Tech Innovation Driving New Landscape Sustainability Business Models
At the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum, Cadasta’s Frank Pichel discusses how our technology helps partners document, analyze, store, and share critical land and resource rights information.
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