Cadasta Featured in FHI 360’s Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability

Cadasta Foundation featured for its innovative mobile technology platform that improves people’s access to their rightful ownership of land.

Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability identifies innovations that create stable incomes and build more inclusive economies for poor and vulnerable people.

Cadasta is pleased to have been included and featured in The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability, published on May 22nd by international NGO FHI 360 with support from The Rockefeller Foundation.  The Atlas highlights exciting new innovations that are helping to create economic growth and stability in the changing global marketplace. The Atlas is the result of a global research and crowdsourcing effort, and features more than sixty innovations from around the world that help individuals, households, communities, and countries survive and prosper even in the face of economic volatility.

Cadasta is highlighted in the Atlas for our work to meet the growing demand of documenting land and resource rights for those left out of formal land administration systems in emerging economies. The Atlas also notes how we work to tackle land administration constraints with easy-to-use digital tools and technology designed to help our partners efficiently document, analyze, store, and share critical land and resource rights information—particularly in places where governments are failing in delivering the public good of equitable and affordable land administration. Providing low-cost and easy-to-use digital tools to at risk communities and individuals enables them to make data-based decisions that can incrementally strengthen their rights to land and resources.

The Atlas presents profiles of innovators and entrepreneurs, and offers recommendations for how global development partners can support and strengthen economic stability and innovation. Phil Psilos, FHI 360’s Asia-Pacific Technical Advisor for Economic Development & Innovation and the principal researcher for the report, says, “Economic instability, driven by technological change, shifting labor and employment trends, and climate-related threats to the world’s small farmers has become an underlying driver of chronic poverty. We must bring stability out of the background and into the center of the global development conversation. Leaders from government and the private sector can use innovations featured in the Atlas to promote more inclusive economies.”  

Examples of innovations that are enhancing stability around the world include new technologies for digital payments; banking and insurance products; tools that provide better data to farmers via smartphones; workforce monitoring and wellness; pensions and benefits for workers with unstable incomes; technologies to promote public safety; and technologies that help marginalized groups claim their legal rights to land and property.

The Atlas finds that private entrepreneurs, non profit organizations, and businesses are playing a major role in enhancing economic stability – a role typically associated with governments – by providing powerful information products and financial services, often but not always via mobile phones.

Please visit the Atlas of Innovation and read more about our work at Cadastat