Coming to Cadasta in June 2018 as CEO held the promise of joining a dynamic organization with a stellar board, talented staff, and a huge vision—the use of innovative technologies and services with the potential to get over 1 billion vulnerable people left out of formal land systems on the map. By advancing land and resource rights, we could help change the future for millions of families by unlocking a major key to development and progress—tenure security. And this promise has never once disappointed.
In 2018, we spent time thinking through our impact framework—what we wanted to achieve in the target communities—and envisioning a new strategy to deliver on it. Working with our Board of Directors and staff, we developed four core strategies to propel Cadasta 2.0 forward and achieve our impact, which you will read about in the pages below.
Since then, Cadasta’s team has carried out a strategic shift in technology from an in-house built platform to an Esri solution, with features customized for our partners and users to reach the most vulnerable communities with land services. This shift to Cadasta 2.0 will maximize our resources for partners on the ground and deliver a higher quality suite of tools and services to meet their needs.
Over the course of 2018, we have grown our networks, partnerships, and the number of households and people documented on the Cadasta platform, reaching over 1 million people by year’s end. This could only have been accomplished in collaboration with 29 partners working around the globe in land tenure, agriculture, urban development, women’s livelihoods, community and indigenous land rights, forestry, natural resources management, conservation, youth development, and land rights advocacy, just to name a few.
To strengthen our training and services and bolster our technology development, we attracted new talent to lead and manage our ambitious target of reaching 8 million people in 30 countries by 2022. Our core donors, Omidyar Network and UK Aid, endorsed Cadasta’s new strategy and renewed their multi-year support, enabling our path to success.
What I have learned in the last six months goes far beyond the substance of land administration, technology development, and the complex issues around land and resource rights. I have learned that with the right leadership, focus, and strategy, we can not only get things done on the ground, but we can start to see shifts in the land systems within which we are working.
Achieving systems-level transformation in the land sector to solidify land rights is ultimately what will be needed to put a dent in the vast amount of undocumented land. And at Cadasta, we are ready to take on that challenge. We invite each of you to take it on with us—and to see 2018 as the year when we collectively started moving the needle toward lasting impact.
With gratitude to our donors, Board, team, and broader community,