2019

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.

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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.
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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.
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2018

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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2017

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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2016

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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