Documenting Rights in Nigeria’s Informal Settlements
Justice and Empowerment Initiatives (JEI) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that supports the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation (Federation) to empower poor and marginalized individuals and communities to lead the changes that they would like to see in their own communities.
In an effort to gather more detailed information about the land tenure of dozens of communities in Lagos’ informal settlements, JEI and the Nigerian Federation partnered with Cadasta Foundation. By using Cadasta’s suite of tools, JEI was able to efficiently gather sophisticated and detailed information about informal settlements and residents’ claims (both customary and formal) to the land they occupy. Cadasta developed a tailor-made digital questionnaire that allowed Nigerian Federation volunteers and paralegals to quickly and easily use handheld GPS units and tablets to capture and input a robust set of data from focus group discussions and interviews in more than 30 communities across Lagos.
An estimated 70 percent of the 23 million people who live in Lagos, Africa’s largest city, live in slums, often with no government services such as roads, water, and sanitation. Learn more about the partnership and impact of JEI and Cadasta’s work to document the land rights of those living in Lago’s slums.
The Cadasta platform presents land claims data in a way that is quite useful. As we get deeper into our analysis, it will prove even more useful.”