In the Press

Read all the latest of Cadasta’s press features, mentions, quotes, and opinion pieces to learn more about our work, partners, and impact.

2020

PRESS RELEASE: Three African Organizations Receive Cadasta’s Inaugural Data Accelerator Grants to Advance Land Rights | Land Portal: The first round of Cadasta Foundation’s Data Accelerator Grant(link is external) has been released to three African organizations to advance land rights and tenure security for vulnerable populations.
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OPINION: Domestic violence survivors battle tenure insecurity in Brazil | Thomas Reuters Foundation: Millions of women across the world, particularly those who are poor and have few economic opportunities, struggle to secure their right to land, says Cadasta’s Antonio Inguane.
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India’s poor risk loss of privacy, land in drive to digitise records | Thomas Reuters Foundation: Cadasta’s Amy Coughenour weighs in on the risks and benefits of land records digitization.
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Behind High-Rise Buildings and Skyscrapers Hides Poverty and Inequality in Urban Angola | Land Portal [Opinion] Will skyscrapers one day represent the prosperity that every Angolan citizen has dreamed about? This is the question Cadasta’s Antonio Inguane poses. Achieving that goal requires stronger political will and more government commitment to implementing bold governance and economic reforms that are centred on people’s best interests.
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GWF 2020 to highlight the value of geospatial technology in digital economy in 5G era | GeoSpatial World [Mention] The Geospatial World Forum 2020 will bring together geospatial professionals and leaders, including Cadasta’s CEO Amy Coughenour, representing the entire eco-system of public policies, national mapping agencies, private sector enterprises, multilateral and development organizations, scientific and academic institutions, and above all, large end users from government, businesses and citizen services at the Taets Art and Event Park, Amsterdam.
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Land Administration: Configure, Please… | GIM International [Mention/ Quote] Having worked in land administration for many years, Esri’s Brent Jones has seen all types of projects succeed and fail. Although there is no golden ticket to success, in this column Brent describes how we can increase our chances of success by learning from these failures, using Cadasta’s transition to an Esri-supported platform as an example.
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OPINION: Behind high-rise buildings and skyscrapers hides poverty and inequality in urban Angola | Directions Magazine [Opinion] Will skyscrapers one day represent the prosperity that every Angolan citizen has dreamed about? This is the question Cadasta’s Antonio Inguane poses. Achieving that goal requires stronger political will and more government commitment to implementing bold governance and economic reforms that are centred on people’s best interests.
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Geospatial World Forum 2020 to highlight the value of geospatial technology in digital economy in the 5G Era | Directions Magazine [Mention] The Geospatial World Forum 2020 will bring together geospatial professionals and leaders, including Cadasta’s CEO Amy Coughenour, representing the entire eco-system of public policies, national mapping agencies, private sector enterprises, multilateral and development organizations, scientific and academic institutions, and above all, large end users from government, businesses and citizen services at the Taets Art and Event Park, Amsterdam.
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Cadasta Foundation Welcomes New Director of GIS and Technology Chuck Conley | Informed Infastructure [Feature] Cadasta Foundation is pleased to welcome Chuck Conley as its new Director of GIS and Technology. In this role, Chuck will serve as Cadasta’s technology solution lead and will work alongside senior leadership to lead, analyze, develop, and implement innovative technical strategies to document the land and resource rights of vulnerable communities.

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2019

Civic engagement, innovation needed in disaster-recovery and reconstruction process | Devex [Opinion] Cadasta’s Programs Specialist Antonio Inguane explains that although there is a call for a global consciousness about climate change, there is also a need for broader country-level civil engagement in post-disaster relief and recovery processes.

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Gentrification and involuntary displacement: The nightmare for Africa’s urban poor
| THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION 
[Opinion] Growing socio-economic segregation in housing and urban space is leading to harmful disparities in African cities.

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Cadasta Foundation Launches New Global Land Rights Challenge Fund to Secure Land and Resource Rights | Geospatial World [Feature] Cadasta Foundation has launched its new Global Land Rights Challenge Fund to help partners better leverage Cadasta’s innovative tools and services to document land and resource rights worldwide.
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Hi-tech mapping has good intentions for land rights but can backfire | All Africa [Quote]
Cadasta’s Katie Pickett weighs in on how new technologies used to map areas in developing nations for granting titles and aiding development could be misused to further marginalize vulnerable people.
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Should open-source software be the gold standard for nonprofits? | Devex  [Feature]
Open-source software has become the default choice for many nonprofits, but it doesn’t always add as much value as many think. Cadasta’s CEO Amy Coughenour weighs in on the topic by discussing Cadasta’s transition from open-source software to an Esri supported platform.
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Omidyar network targets $350 million investment in 5 years | Hindu Business Line  [Mention]
Omidyar Network India aims to invest $350 million over the next five years through both equity investments as well as grants.
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Opportunities for female land surveyors in emerging economies | Coordinates Magazine [Opinion]
Cadasta’s Anne Girardin and Madaleine Weber highlight how we can learn and accomplish a great deal when female land intermediaries work hand-in-hand with chartered surveyors.
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Let data drive urban planning in Mozambique | Place  [Opinion]
Mozambique is struggling to address challenges from migration to population growth and inadequate urban planning. Tools like Cadasta can help city planners deliver innovative urban governance solutions.
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GIS for SDGs: ‘See things that were impossible to see,’ Esri founder says | Devex  [Quote / Mention]
Cadasta Foundation announced the launch of its new mobile technology and strategy on the sidelines of the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference in Washington, DC.
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Getting land rights on the map — a stable foundation for sustainable communities | A Better World  [Opinion]
Land and property rights are not usually listed among the top priorities for human rights or development goals—but they should be. Having a secure place to call home, without fear of expulsion, is a basic human right. That’s why Cadasta is working to make it easier and more affordable to document land and resource rights.
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Consultancy to use tech to map land tenures | The New Indian Express [Mention]
The Center for Land Governance is planning to launch a pilot project on a range of technologies to map land tenures like individual forest rights, community forest rights and common lands.The pilot project would be launched in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in a joint initiative by the NRMC, Foundation for Ecological Security, and Cadasta Foundation.
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Without Property Rights, Prosperity is Built on a Shaky Foundation | Chicago Council on Global Affairs   [Opinion]
Cadasta’s CEO Amy Coughenour discusses how a recent trip to India underscored how having a secure place to call home and a legal address serves as a foundation for a lot of our economic and social activity–getting a job, enrolling in school, opening a bank account, getting medical care, and almost every area of daily life. Our homes and properties are linked to our ability to prosper, and we often take that for granted.
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Secure Land Rights is the Path to End Global Poverty | Thomson Reuters Foundation News    [Mention]
Having a title, deed or lease is the key that turns informal occupants into citizens, yet 70% of the world’s population lives without documented property rights. In his oped, Esri’s founder and president Jack Dangermond explains why secure land rights is the path to end global poverty.
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Why We Continue to Support Cadasta Foundation | Omidyar Network    [Feature]
In today’s rapidly advancing world, technology and human ingenuity are improving lives across the globe. However, millions of people are being left behind by lack of access to these innovations and the benefits they create. That’s why Omidyar Network continues to support Cadasta Foundation as we embark on our next phase, harnessing technology and data to create more equitable opportunity for all. 
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Chicoco Maps Our Cities | Revue XYZ    [Feature]
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?
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Using Geodata to Secure Land Tenure | Geospatial World Magazine [Feature]
In her article, Cadasta CEO Amy Coughenour explains how Cadasta’s use of geospatial technology helps communities and their stakeholders make better decisions. 
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Cadasta Foundation Launches New Platform and Strategy to Put Land Rights on the Map | Omidyar Network  [Feature]
Cadasta Foundation announced the launch of its new mobile technology and strategy on the sidelines of the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference in Washington, DC.
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Drones to undertake India’s ‘biggest’ land survey exercise | Thomson Reuters Foundation News [Quote]
Dozens of drones mounted with high-resolution cameras will aim to map and deliver land rights to about 15 million rural households in Maharashtra. Cadasta’s CEO Amy Coughenour weighs in on the need for governments to accept community-led data collection methods to fill the data gap. 
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Visible or invisible? That’s the question for land data | Thomson Reuters Foundation News [Quote]
Visible or invisible? That’s the question for land data Cadasta’s Frank Pichel says that while collecting data and opening up access to it can lead to greater efficiency in land administration, increased prosperity, and greater accountability, communities must also be able to assess the potential risks. Community feedback – and consent – is essential to determining what data on land should be open.
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How One Million People in India’s Odisha Slums Gain Land Rights | Esri Newsroom   [Feature]
Under an ambitious government program, one million residents of informal settlements in Odisha state, India received formal certificates of occupancy to their land and homes. Learn how Cadasta’s tools supported the initiative and helped provide a sense of security and permanence to the settlements residents.
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India’s pastoralists urged to use technology to protect rights | Thomson Reuters Foundation News [Quote ]
Herders around the world are coming under pressure from governments and farmers to settle down and stop their livestock roaming. Cadasta’s Amy Coughenour explains how mapping technologies like Cadasta’s can help preserve their traditions & livelihoods, manage the challenges & reduce conflicts.
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The Development Challenge You’re Overlooking: Seven Things You Need to Know About Land Rights | Next Billion [Mention ]
The lack of property rights is a persistent obstacle to social cohesion, financial inclusion and economic growth. That’s why organizations like Cadasta are taking an alternative approach to documenting land rights.
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New mobile technologies helping over one million people to obtain rights to their land | aptantech [Feature]
At the 2019 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, Cadasta revealed dramatic findings concerning the impact of new mobile technologies that are helping more than one million of the world’s most vulnerable people obtain rights to their land in urban slums and rural regions in 17 countries, while creating a model for addressing some of the most intractable obstacles to access to government services and sustainable livelihoods in poor countries.
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New platform and strategy for land rights | ee publishers [Feature]
Cadasta Foundation announced the launch of its new mobile technology and strategy on the sidelines of the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference in Washington, DC.
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Helping transform slums into liveable habitats, bit by bit | The Hindu    [Mention]
In a first of its kind initiative, Tata Trusts is pioneering a project which is set to become a model for rejuvenation of life in slums.
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Cadasta Foundation launches new platform and strategy to put land rights on the map | GeoSpatial World    [Feature]
Cadasta Foundation will launch its new mobile technology and strategy on the sidelines of the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference. The first version of the Cadasta platform successfully documented and strengthened the land, property and resource rights of over one million vulnerable people living in both rural and urban communities in 17 countries.
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Leveraging Geospatial Tools and Technology to Document the Land Rights of Vulnerable Communities | Geoawesomeness  [Opinion]
Cadasta’s Product Manager Asaf Even-Paz explains why everyone deserves to be recognized and have their rights documented, especially when it comes to the land they live and work on. 
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How One Million People in India’s Odisha Slums Gain Land Rights | Esri Newsroom  [Opinion]
Under an ambitious government program, one million residents of informal settlements in Odisha state, India received formal certificates of occupancy to their land and homes. Learn how Cadasta’s tools supported the initiative and helped provide a sense of security and permanence to the settlements residents.
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Puerto Rico’s reconstruction will be costly. Documenting residents’ property doesn’t have to be. | Miami Herald   [Mention]
Puerto Rico’s reconstruction will be costly. Documenting residents’ property doesn’t have to be. Recent advancements in technology, like those offered by Cadasta, can help reduce the cost and time of land and property rights documentation.
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2018

Bridging Gaps to Advance Land Rights |  Cadasta Blog   [Feature]
For Cadasta, bridging the gap between those with formally recognized land rights and the vast majority without, is our call to action. In her blog, Cadasta’s new CEO Amy Coughenour shares her ideas for growing Cadasta’s potential to advance land rights for the world’s most marginalized people.
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Introducing Cadasta 2.0: An Esri-Supported Platform for Improved Land and Resource Rights Documentation | Cadasta Blog   [Feature]
Since our founding, Cadasta’s goal has been to provide our partners with simple and affordable technology, training, and technical assistance to document, map, and store property, land, and resource rights data. By partnering with Esri, Cadasta will be able to provide more robust, scalable, and flexible services to our partners. See our blog for more on how this partnership will improve our ability to support our partners and the documentation of land and resource rights.
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IT in Fit-For-Purpose land administraton: what are the options? | Kadaster Abroad   [Feature]
Cadasta was featured in the latest edition of the Kadaster International Abroad Newsletter for our fit-for-purpose tools that allow partners to collect data quickly based on their specific needs.
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Discourse On Women’s Land Rights Needs Change Of Lens | Odisha TV [Mention] [Quote]
There is a growing body of knowledge that proves that land ownership is crucial for women to lead a dignified life. In this article, the author argues that it is time to change the way we look at women’s land rights.
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The Green Revolution Reboot: Women’s Land Rights | Devex  [Opinion]
Amy Coughenour Betancourt and Justine Uvuza discuss the need to recognize the critical role women play in feeding their families and our planet.
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Risky Business: Tenure Issues Main Deterrent for Investment | Global Landscapes Forum    [Quote]
Experts from finance, research and policy all cite land tenure as the biggest perceived risk in a new USAID study.
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Surveying and Mapping with Your Smartphone | GIM International    [Mention]
The use of community participation, mobile technologies and cloud storage services could create a new way of undertaking land administration activities, and ultimately lead to more secure land rights for all.
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Factoring in Land Rights in the Push for Sustainable Landscapes | Landscape News   [Feature]
What do land rights have to do with building the investment case for sustainable landscapes? According to Chief Program Officer Frank Pichel, a great deal.
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Best Practices and Inspiring Ideas for Land Administrators | GIM International    [Mention]
GIM International discusses ingenuitive new methods in land administration and the best tools for building cadastres and creating sustainable records of land ownership.
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Strengthening Women’s Land Rights: The Neglected Lever Towards Increasing AG Production | Chicago Council on Global Affairs  [Opinion]
Frank Pichel discusses the dire need to improve women’s land rights and rights to inherit property around the world.
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Urbanization Triggers Land Disputes in Indian Cities | Reuters   [Quote]
What do land rights have to do with building the investment case for sustainable landscapes? According to Chief Program Officer Frank Pichel, a great deal.
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Faster Cadastre | RICS   [Feature]
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.
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2017

Apps for Land Administration | GIM International   [Mention]
The use of community participation, mobile technologies and cloud storage services could create a new way of undertaking land administration activities, and ultimately lead to more secure land rights for all.
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Democracy That Delivers #95: Cadasta’s Frank Pichel Explains How Land Rights Impact Modern Economies | Paperblog    [Feature]
Cadasta Foundation Interim CEO Frank Pichel discusses the importance of land rights on a Center for International Private Enterprise episode of the podcast “Democracy That Delivers.”
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Digital Technologies for Resilience Workshop | e-Agriculture    [Opinion]
Cadasta participated in the Digital Technologies for Resilience Workshop in Bangkok.
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Four Bottom-up Solutions to Strengthen Land Rights in Emerging Markets | Next Billion    [Opinion]
Although governments are beginning to invest in improved land information and administration, several organizations are already working from the ground up to address the paucity of land rights around the world.
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Africa: This Land is NOT for Sale | All Africa   [Opinion]
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.
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Securing Land Rights in Africa | Project Syndicate   [Opinion]
Across the continent, insecure rights to land are robbing millions of financial stability and long-term prosperity. While new technology is giving people the tools to define what’s theirs, governments must recognize that certainty of ownership is a prerequisite of sustainable development.
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Innovative Tools for Tenure Recordation | GIM International   [Mention]
Cadasta and other organizations continue to integrate new and innovative methods in their drive to document property ownership around the world.
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A Mobile Application to Secure Land Tenure | New America   [Opinion]
Data collection apps make cheap, crowdsourced data collection more feasible than ever—but how does that translate to developing countries?
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Cadasta: Mapping Land Rights from the Bottom Up | xyHt   [Feature]
Cadasta helps put people on the map with a cloud-based platform for land-ownership data.
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Open Technology for Land Rights Documentation | opensource.com   [Opinion]
One-third of people on the planet don’t have documented rights to the land on which they rely. New technologies can make it easier than ever to document land and resource rights.
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2016

How Accessible and Reliable Is Your National Government’s Data? | GIM International   [Opinion]
You can join others from around the world in grading how your government makes data available through the Open Knowledge International Global Open Data Index survey.
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Getting to Sustainable Palm Oil: A Hardware and Software Approach to a Market Problem | New Security Beat   [Opinion]
Embracing innovative technology is essential for the palm oil industry to reverse its destructive impact and adopt rigorous sustainable sourcing standards.
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Using Fintech to Forge a More Transparent World | Forest News   [Quote]
Technological innovations like blockchains are opening up new frontiers – for land rights, supply chain governance and more.
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2015

Bitcoin Technology for Land Administration? | Devex    [Opinion]
Over the last year, Bitcoin has enjoyed significant news coverage, but does it have the potential to improve transparency in the context of land transaction records?
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