A Better World - Volume 5

[ ] 19 S usta inable C it ie s and C ommunit ie s Image: CMAP-cmapping.net equitably assess taxes, deliver services, or plan for future development. Without these data, it becomes politically and operationally impossible to formalize land and property rights as a foundation of stability and development and to achieve the SDGs. Yet, there are innovative ways to solve these issues and fill the data gap. Recent technological innovations, including drones, satellite imagery, smartphones with GPS, and cloud computing are making it easier than ever for individuals, communities, and organizations to map and document land rights from the bottom up. Covering new terrain in the fight for land rights Cadasta Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Washington DC, US, partners with local governments, international and local organizations, and communities to help solve the foundational issue of land rights. With a focus on areas where governments are failing to provide the public good of equitable and affordable land administration, Cadasta’s accessible mobile tools and global platform have helped partners efficiently document, analyse, manage, and share critical land and resource rights information as a first step to city upgrading and longer-term development. Cadasta’s suite of tools and demand-driven training and services empower residents of informal settlements, as well as the organizations and governments that service them, by creat- ing an accessible digital record of land, housing, and resource rights that is georeferenced with demographic, economic, and social data. This ground-level information allows partners to make data-driven decisions and to literally place vulnerable urban communities and their needs on the map. When an organization or government entity partners with Cadasta, they receive training on how to map boundaries, land parcels, and collect demographic and other information at the household level using simple mobile data collection tools. Cadasta provides free or low-cost access to high-qual- ity geospatial imagery and integration of available drone imagery. The data can be collected offline or online and uploaded onto a global platform, which is built on powerful mapping technology to store and manage land data. Cadasta supports partners’ community engagement through participatory mapping, strategies for gender inclu- sion, involvement of youth, and conflict resolution. This support includes training partners and community members to record and capture evidence of their property claims using GPS-enabled smartphones and tablets. Communities and their partners are also trained on how to visualize, analyse, and present the data to authorities in order to advocate land tenure solutions. Cadasta’s expertise covers land administration systems, services, technology, and development, and includes special- ized skills to support partners working on complex land rights issues. State-of-the-art technology is offered to part- ners who own and manage their own data, using tools that Residents studying a map of their community, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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