Utilizing Emerging Technology to Streamline Good Land Governance | Land Portal
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Neil Sorensen, neil.sorensen@landportal.org
Medici Land Governance

Medici Land Governance (MLG) provides user-friendly, low-cost land titling and administration systems. Our team is comprised of leaders with deep experience in building and delivering quality, resilient technology products and services.

As a public benefit corporation, MLG promotes economic development and full financial inclusion by helping individuals establish formal ownership of their homes and land.

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development logo

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is an intergovernmental organization and currently has 20 Contracting Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region. Their mission is to strengthen the member States and our stakeholders’ capacity through Generation, Application and Dissemination of Geo-information and Allied Technologies for sustainable development.

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Inefficient and inaccurate land registry systems, lack of standardization and transparency, and loss of paperwork remain common challenges to good land governance around the world. Medici Land Governance (MLG) seeks to overcome these barriers through blockchain and other technologies such as drones, cryptography, and Artificial Intelligence to provide user-friendly, low-cost land administration systems. 
In Rwanda, MLG is partnering with the government to pilot entirely paperless registration of land transactions. They are recording key authorizations and approvals on blockchain to prevent the double selling of land, impersonation of buyers and sellers, and the forgery of signatures. In Liberia, MLG is streamlining a systematic land titling system and a land administration system to formally recognize and record the rights of Liberian landowners. Other projects include Zambia, where a 10-year project in conjunction with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources will eventually lead to the issuance of millions of land titles. Within the United States, MLG made Teton County, Wyoming the first county in the USA with blockchain-registered land and in New York City, MLG partnered with the NYC Department of Finance (DOF) to develop a proof of concept for the use of blockchain technology to detect and reduce deed fraud.
This webinar shared the latest results from MLG’s work over the past several years in using emerging technologies to streamline good land governance. The panel discussed access (to internet, electricity, mobile phones), trust, lack of provable identification, secure data storage, and continuity of service and maintenance of technology.



Yuliya Panfil, Senior fellow and Director, New America’s Future of Property Rights program

Yuliya Panfil




Karol Boudreaux, Chief Programs Officer, Landesa



Emmanuel Nkurunziza, Director General, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)

Dr. Emmanuel

Oumar Sylla, Acting Director of the Regional Office for Africa, UN Habitat


Ali El Husseini, CEO, Medici Land Governance

El Husseini  

  • Yuliya Panfil -Moderator- Senior Fellow and Director, Future of Land and Housing 
  • Karol Boudreaux - Panelist- Senior Land and Resource Governance Advisor at USAID
  • Emmanuel Nkurunziza - Panelist- Director General, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)
  • Oumar Sylla - Panelist- Acting Director of the Regional Office for Africa, UN Habitat
  • Ali El Husseini - Panelist- CEO, Medici Land Governance

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