Founded in 2015, Cadasta (link is external) develops and promotes the use of simple digital tools and technology to help partners efficiently document, analyze, store, and share critical land and resource rights information. By creating an accessible digital record of land, property, and resource rights, Cadasta helps to empower individuals, communities, organizations, governments, and businesses with the information they need to make data-driven decisions and put vulnerable communities and their needs on the map.
With LEGEND’s support, Cadasta has been able to launch and build our organizational infrastructure to achieve real impact. Cadasta has developed a platform and tools to support the documentation of land and resource rights, and continue to improve the technical tools based on user feedback. To date, over 1.7 million people from 815 communities in seventeen countries are documented on the Cadasta Platform, leading to over 71,000 formal tenure documents issued by governments. Much of this was accomplished through partnerships and collaboration with seven of the LEGEND grantees.