By

Frank Pichel
Imagine for a moment that you do not have secure rights to the house you live in. Imagine living without a title, deed, or lease to prove your claim to the place you call home. Consider what it would be like to live without any confidence that your government would enforce your claim. In fact,...
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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 Increased demand for land and a greater understanding of the importance of land rights in sustainable development and...
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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. Not for sale signs are increasingly dotting the landscape from Nigeria to Tanzania. They shine a spotlight on the intensifying demand for land across...
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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. Rarely, if ever, will this list include land and property rights — even though this right is the foundation of...
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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?  Moreover, what to do when data is published in so many levels – local, regional and federal that it is...
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