This State of Land Information (SOLI) report is an analysis of the current state of land data in Malawi, assessing the availability of land information and the compliance of this information with open data standards.
This report serves as a diagnostic tool for the land information ecosystem in Malawi to enable targeted interventions for improved information management at a later stage. The first section describes Malawi’s legal framework for data governance and for opening up information. It examines Malawi’s international and national commitments to access to information and its instruments for data and information governance. Good data governance ensures transparency about the purpose for which information is collected, stored and disseminated.
The second section, “Availability of Land Data and Information,” examines the availability of land data and information provided by the Malawi government offices responsible for land administration. This overview is organised according to six key land data categories (Table 1).
The third section evaluates the openness of this information by assessing it against 10 criteria for open data, as used by international best practice (Table 2).
For a detailed understanding of the land governance context in Malawi, check the country profile.
Authors and Publishers
Project Lead: Charl-Thom Bayer, Land Portal Foundation, email@example.com
Research and writing: Edward Chikhwenda, Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org
Editing: Lilian Lee, email@example.com
Open Data Consultant: Keitha Booth, New Zealand firstname.lastname@example.org
The vision of the Land Portal Foundation is to improve land governance to benefit those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness through information and knowledge sharing.