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15th Anniversary of the Land Portal
15 May 2024
Global

This year, the Land Portal marks 15 years in action. We began as a simple, yet ambitious, website in 2009 by aggregating fragmented land data for people searching for free, reliable information to support land rights protection for vulnerable people. 

Join us as we mark a milestone of commitment, progress, and land data and information governance during the 15th anniversary celebration of the Land Portal Foundation, which features heartfelt messages and reflections from our esteemed current and former board members, generous donors, and valued partners. Each video in this collection underscores the shared vision and dedication that have shaped our journey and continue to drive our mission forward.

Global

This year, the Land Portal marks 15 years in action. We began as a simple website in 2009 by aggregating all fragmented land data for those searching for free, reliable, updated information. Simple, yes, but also ambitious and challenging. We have stayed true to this essential goal, but we haven’t stayed static. Tackling issues through independent research, connecting land to other development agendas, bringing cutting-edge data principles to land information, fostering vigorous debates – the Land Portal has evolved into an anchor for the land community.

data story climate, conflict and displacement in the Sahel
7 December 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Rick de Satgé
Western Sahara
Eastern Africa
Somalia
Middle Africa
Burkina Faso
Mali

Is climate change really the driver of conflict and displacement across the Sahel? This data story explores the history of conflicts in the region, the overlap with climate events and a wide range of institutional factors to investigate this question. The cases of Mali, Burkina Faso and Somalia are used as examples.

Open data and metadata
25 July 2023
Authors: 
Mr. Neil Sorensen
Mr. Charl-Thom Bayer
Ms. Laura Meggiolaro
Global

A new publication titled "The Role of Metadata and Open Data in the Innovation Cycle of Land Administration" puts the spotlight on this dynamic domain. This publication offers valuable insights into the significance of open data and structured metadata, and how they can revolutionize land administration processes worldwide. By delving into the core principles of open data and metadata, this publication offers a comprehensive understanding of how these tools can be leveraged to foster innovation and drive positive change in the land governance sector.

 An abstract painting about Enhancing Access to Land Data
31 May 2023
Authors: 
Mr. Charl-Thom Bayer
Global

As an advocate for open land data, the Land Portal Foundation aims to improve access to land data, engage stakeholders, and support actions that promote data openness. I recently had the opportunity to introduce the State of Land Information Index (SOLIndex) and talk about the Open Up Guide at the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) Partners’ Meeting in Nairobi and show how these tools play a vital role in improving access to land information.

Land Governance Data Fragmentation
16 May 2023
Authors: 
Ms. Laura Meggiolaro
Global

The Land Portal Foundation, as a non-profit organization operating at the intersection of the open data and land governance communities, has been privileged over the past 5-8 years to be in a position to observe some interesting trends affecting the land governance data landscape. 

Pastoralists in Kenya, 2021
20 April 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Rick de Satgé
Sub-Saharan Africa

This What to Read digest examines livestock keeping in pastoral systems and features recent research that reviews the relationship between pastoral livelihoods and global climate change.

20 March 2023
Malawi

Land Portal Publishes New State of Land Information Report for Malawi

During the colonial era, data and information was largely treated as confidential in Malawi. According to Mambulasa (2016), many statutes in Malawi dating back to colonial times promote government secrecy and the withholding of public information. This has resulted in lingering land administration and management challenges. Land-related problems have been a constant feature of Malawian society, including the pre-colonial, colonial and post independence period starting in 1964.

Woman in the fields in Sierra Leone, 2012
8 March 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Anne Hennings
Western Africa
Sierra Leone
Global

Celebrating Women's International Day, we take a tour to Sierra Leone and put our lens on specific factors that affect women's perception of being insecured in their lands. This data story is based on fresh data from partner organisations Green Scenery, Resource Equity and the University of Groningen.

5 March 2023
Global

The Land Portal and Both Ends capped the popular Whose Land? webinar series with a final webinar on inclusive financing that drew over 300 participants on 2 March 2023. "Inclusive finance for land governance: A conversation with donors” featured donors from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Both ENDS, Global Fund for Community Foundations, and Tenure Facility, as well as a diversity, equity, and inclusion expert. 

2 February 2023
Authors: 
Lilian Lee
Africa
Senegal
Global

Along with GIZ and the National Agency for Spatial Planning, known as ANAT, in Senegal, we co-hosted a webinar, “Uncovering Land Data Opportunities in Senegal,” on 31 January 2023. The panel brought together open data and land governance experts to discuss the state of land information in Senegal – focusing on the findings from the SONI Senegal Report – and the way forward to a more inclusive, open and transparent land data ecosystem in Senegal. 

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