Cadasta Research

Explore our research papers to learn why secure land rights matter and how Cadasta is working to map, document, and strengthen them. 


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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Discovering Geospatial Remote Sensing Data for Community Land Rights

Written by: Christoph Aubrecht, Hamed Alemohammad & Frank Pichel
This Masterclass will explore how geospatial applications can augment fieldwork, create opportunities for collaboration and lead to new innovations in the land administration sector.
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Mapping Community Land in Mozambique: Opportunity and Challenges for Combining Technology with Good Land Governance

Written by: José Monteiro António Inguane Emidio Oliveira, Madaleine Weber & David Palomino
This paper discusses opportunities and challenges for the integration and combination of a participatory mapping and high-resolution satellite within the community land delimitation process.
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What Do Communities Want From Land Reform? A socio-Technical Exploration of Community-Led Land Rights Documentation Projects

Written by: Kate Fairlie, Frank Pichel & Serene Ho
This paper explores the application of an assemblage methodology to represent and interrogate the complex connections between the actors, structures and technologies that form the implementation of land administration at the local level.
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Interconnected Donors Contributing to Sustained Land Interventions from Pilot to Delivery at Scale: Ensuring Gender Equality, Efficiency of Services and Equitable Distribution

Written by: Maria Lodin, Kent Nilsson & Frank Pichel
This paper will show how we can improve the impact of our work and projects to make a sustainable difference in the everyday life of citizens. The authors of this paper have extensive international experience working with donors, the private sector, national cadastral systems, mapping and real property registration organizations, and international non-profit organizations.
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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 Sorensen
This 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.
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10 Reasons to Open Land and Resource Rights Records

An 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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