Surveying the Landscape of Land Rights Documentation Tools | Written by: Thomas Vaassen, Ana Garcia-Moran, Johannes Eberenz, Asaf Even-Paz, Frank and Eva-Maria Unger

With a significant portion of the world’s land being undocumented, it is widely understood that technology can play a key role in accelerating the pace of land rights documentation and formalisation. ‘Responsible land administration’ shifts the paradigms of land administration design and management, challenging conventional forms; and promotes innovation that integrates the understanding of ethical and social dimensions. Read Paper

DIGITIZATION OF CADASTRAL MAPS AS PART OF THE CADASTRAL INDEX | Written by: Emmanuel Tembo, Joseph Minango, Kelvin Chibangula and Prosper Mulenga

The Government of the Republic of Zambia, with the support of the World Bank, is implementing the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP) in Eastern province of Zambia. Given that legally secure land rights are essential for sustainable land management and increases in productivity of land use, ZIFLP includes a land component towards the regularization of land and resource rights. This sub-component aims to provide analytical and Technical Assistance to carefully pilot, evaluate, and where necessary, expand past any on-going efforts to strengthen tenure security by documenting land rights in support of the National Land Titling Project (NLTP) and enhance title-based revenue collection. Read Paper

Customary Land Mapping Utilizing Fit for Purpose Approach: Case Study from Buliisa District, Uganda | Written By: Miguel Sanjiles

Substantial resources have been mobilized to capture and formally register land in Uganda; however, as across most of Africa, registered land in Uganda amounts for less than 20 percent of plots across the country. Following the successful implementation of the National Land Information System (NLIS) with the support of World Bank funding, the next phase of support to the Ugandan land sector is now in the advanced stages of design, with a focus on exploring ways to build the capacity of district and sub county level institutions to locally capture and integrate customary land into the NLIS. Read Paper

Strategic Partnership to Improve Geospatial Information on Community Lands | Written by: Harold Liversage, Amy Coughenour Betancourt, Peter Veit, and Ward Anseeuw

Through a partnership between IFAD, the Secretariat of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and two of its members, Cadasta Foundation, and World Resources Institute, this initiative explores innovative approaches to improving GIS data on local communities’ lands in three countries—Tanzania, India, and DRC—and to foster their inclusion through a data platform called LandMark. Read Paper


Chicoco Maps Our Cities | Written by: Anne Girardin

480,000 people live on the waterfront in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and face the threat of demolition by the government. Forced evictions and demolitions in 2009 by security forces led to relocations and death of community members. No plans exist to compensate or relocate residents of informal settlements and the mass demolition of these neighborhoods is impractical. Cadasta’s Anne Girardin discusses how these communities move from evictions to partnership-based development? Read Paper

Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands: Why Innovation in Community Land Data Collection Matters

Written by: Amy Coughenour Betancourt & Frank Pichel This paper addresses practical, on-the-ground solutions to bridging the gap between government land systems and undocumented or informally documented communities through case studies of how communities are using community-driven, digital data collection to analyze data for decision-making, advocate for land rights and tenure recognition, and access public services and private sector offerings, such as loans, insurance, and other goods and services. Read Paper | Read Presentation

The Odisha Liveable Habitat Mission: The process and tools behind the world’s largest slum titling project

This paper explains the context of the land tenure situation in Odisha, the approach from the Odisha government, a local philanthropy – Tata Trust and the Cadasta Foundation to map and create an official data set of slum dwellings in Odisha and the project impacts including a new property documentation system and land policy. Read Paper | Read Presentation  

Mapping for Peace and Prosperity: Applying participatory mapping in conflict-affected settings.

This paper engages with innovative ways to apply participatory mapping techniques and the latest technological tools in fragile, conflict-affected settings to contribute to sustainable land use. In this paper, the authors describe in detail the process and purpose of a participatory mapping project in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and elaborate on the lessons learned so far. Read Paper | Read Presentation


Strengthening Land Tenure in Informal Settings: A Fit-For-Purpose Approach | Written by: Frank Pichel & Madaleine Weber
A functioning land administration sector is the foundation for economic growth. Unfortunately, effective land registry and cadastral systems with national coverage exist in only a fraction of the world’s countries.
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Mapping as Empowerment – Lessons from a Year of Participatory Community Mapping | Written by: Marena Brinhurst, Frank Pichel, Hillary Ogina
Cadasta worked with Namati on community mapping projects in sub-Saharan Africa. In this paper, presented at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, we share our learnings.
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Thinking Local: Can Local Land Administration Systems Avoid the Pitfalls of National Land Systems | Written by: Maria Lodin, Kent Nilsson & Frank Pichel
In this paper, presented at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, Cadasta explores the benefits of local, fit for purpose land administrations systems.
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Towards a More Open Future: Increasing Accountability and Transparency through Open Land Data | Written by: Lindsay Ferris, Frank Pichel & Neil SorensenThis paper identifies the potential and observed benefits of open data, successful examples and best practices, and examined potential and observed negative impact of opening land information.
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Colored Coins: Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Land Administration | Written by: Aanchal Anand, Matthew McKibbin & Frank Pichel
Simply put, the blockchain is an economic layer for the internet. It provides a protocol for tokens of value to be transferred on a peer-to-peer basis without central actors being necessary. Learn More


10 Reasons to Open Land and Resource Rights RecordsAn estimated 70 percent of the land in emerging economies is currently not registered. Property records that do exist are often out of date or inaccessible. Documenting land and resource rights and opening these records is critical.
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