Innovative technology, services, and advocacy to advance global land and resource rights

We target the world’s tenure-insecure people in rural, urban, and peri-urban areas left out of top-down government land registry systems. Cadasta trainers take a bottom-up approach by using participatory mapping techniques that include all community stakeholders, including women, elderly and youth, to effectively document, analyze, manage, and share data. Recognizing that every partner is unique, our tools and services can accommodate a wide range of technical capabilities and resources and can be applied to a variety of different sectors.

Urban Informal Settlements

Cadasta empowers the residents of informal settlements and the organizations and governments that service them to more efficiently document, analyze, and manage a large amount of urban property data. City residents participate in documenting their land claims, and with the data are better able to access  services, such as roads, water, and sanitation. City officials are better able to manage and analyze the data to improve city planning and development decision-making.

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Women’s Land Rights

Cadasta works to strengthen women’s land and resource rights in all of our projects and partnerships. When women are named on land documents, either informal or formal, it is a critical step toward increased decision-making and improved income, health, and educational outcomes for the family.

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Farmers, cooperatives, and agribusinesses can leverage our technology and services to easily document and manage data such as supply chain traceability and transparency, water access points, plot size and land use, and land claims and governance structures. Strengthened tenure increases investment and enhances conservation and resilience practices.

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Community & Customary Land Rights

Cadasta partners with indigenous groups, community lands, pastoralists, and other customary groups to document and map community boundaries. Our tools can also be used to capture information about land and resource use in order to assert and defend claims. We are also working with these communities to demarcate and understand individual claims and uses within common boundaries.

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