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Wednesday, July 16 • 16:30 - 17:30
Property Rights Partnerships: Increasing Transparency of Land Data to Secure Rights for Communities while Decreasing Opportunities for Land Grabs

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Over 70% of the global population has little or no secure property rights, and where property
rights do exist, the rights are often out of date and inaccurate. 

Formal property rights can only be supplied by recognized government authorities within 
nation states. However, many governments are the major cause of restricted supply due 
to outdated land and property rights policies, inefficient and corrupt bureaucracies, lack of 
customer service, and perverse incentives to serve only the elite.

There is significant demand for property rights, in particular from the poor and increasingly 
from investors. For example, a study in Ghana in 2007 found that over 90% of respondents 
thought their land rights needed to be strengthened, with 47% wanting to enter into a land 
transaction within the next 12 months. Foreign investors are increasingly interested in 
agricultural areas to produce commodities for the international market, particularly related to 
food and extractives. 

As land becomes increasingly a target of global finance, there is a need for better 
transparency in land rights data in order to ensure stakeholder accountability and protection 
of the local communities. New opportunities for more customer serviced oriented models 
are arising, particularly through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). However, in countries 
where there is no current transparency on land rights, new open land rights initiatives, some 
global, are emerging to fill this vacuum.

The interactive session will be structured around a series of Fireside Chats where 
leaders of new open land rights initiatives will briefly present their solutions to land rights 
transparency. The audience will be able to challenge the presenters, highlight best practice, 
help shape the initiatives, identify key problems in achieving the goals, suggest partners 
and form new networks.
Some of the key issues will centre on:
• Managing privacy;
• Scalability to the global level;
• Capacity building to capture millions of land rights;
• Working with governments to formalise land rights;
• Mobilising the geospatial open source community to build Apps;
• Information required to secure tenure;
• Authenticity of crowdsourced land rights;
• Land will just be grabbed in the gaps where land rights are not defined;
• Identifying and minimizing miss use.

Hashtag: #OKFestLand

This year, Omidyar Network are sponsoring this session and we’re grateful to them for preparing and hosting this conversation. For more details about programme sponsors see our Sponsors page.  


Robin McLaren

Senior Partner, MapMyRights Foundation
Robin has over thirty-five years of experience in the design, implementation and management of geospatial information systems and land administration systems. Robin founded Know Edge Ltd twenty-eight years ago, where he provides independent consulting services internationally to... Read More →


Laura Meggiolaro

Coordinator, Land Portal
On behalf of the Land Portal partnership, Laura has been leading the Land Portal Initiative over the last two years and half and is committed to make it an example of open development in action. She has a degree in communications and a post graduate specialization in development... Read More →

Satyarupa Shekhar

Researcher, Transparent Chennai
Satyarupa Shekhar leads Transparent Chennai's work on City Governance and Open Data Initiatives. She leads the group's advisory and advocacy efforts and liaises with the city government and other public agencies in the city to bring a more data driven approach to urban governance... Read More →

Andrew Trigg

Head of Data Strategy, Land Registry for England and Wales
Andrew's career has been spent entirely within the fields of surveying, GIS and data, including time as Head of Product Management and Consultancy at Ordnance Survey GB and similar roles within the public, private and academic sector. He is Land Registry’s Head of Data Strategy... Read More →

Wednesday July 16, 2014 16:30 - 17:30 CEST
Space F2 Kulturbrauerei

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