FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS
The year 2017 marked a period of significant organizational growth for Cadasta Foundation. We emerged from a stage of design and building, to one in which we are fully implementing projects with partner organizations around the world. Our partnerships have grown, platform use has increased, and our ability to help the most marginalized individuals and communities benefit from the opportunities afforded by secure land and natural resource rights has improved.
Our work has expanded to include partnerships with 22 organizations in 13 countries, and the documentation of land and resource rights for approximately 80,000 households. Our next phase of organizational development is focused on strengthening our program staff’s expertise in land issues, and utilizing commercially supported software components within our solution stack. This will ensure a more effective approach to our mission of being the leading provider of technical tools and services with which to document land and resource rights for stronger, more sustainable communities.
In 2017, we saw first-hand how Cadasta continues to fill a need by providing the tools and a platform for documenting and managing claims to land and resource rights. This need is particularly acute in many emerging economies. In those countries, governments are failing to deliver the public good of equitable and affordable security of land and resource rights through effective land administration.
Throughout the year, we worked closely with partners to better understand their needs, and what level of functionality they require of our platform. We recognized that partners need more than digital tools. They need technical expertise to design data collection workflows, to help identify data collection needs, and to provide recommendations on hardware, and guidance to ensure that the data collected align with national and international standards. These, ultimately, provide greater tenure security. Cadasta has the opportunity to be the leading provider of land expertise and technology for marginalized populations not served by formal land systems. What we have learned has led us to strategically shift the focus of the organization toward partner engagement and support.
As we embark on this next phase of growth, we would like to thank all those who have supported Cadasta. This support has enabled us to work toward a future where all citizens can realize the benefits of secure land and resource rights.
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