Dear Cadasta Community and Friends, 

Since joining Cadasta this month as the new CEO, I have received a warm welcome from many in the land sector, as well as significant interest in Cadasta’s work from colleagues across the international development community. Each day, I marvel at how our technology and tools are already transforming the way communities advance their land rights and the vast potential for impact that still lies before us.

I could not be more excited for the opportunity to lead Cadasta at this pivotal time. The talented and dedicated Cadasta team has positioned the organization through development, testing, and implementation of the platform and tools, resulting in over 600,000 people advancing their property and resource rights. We are now ready to scale with the collaboration of partners around the world.

To facilitate the scale-up, I am pleased to announce our collaboration with Esri, our partner providing the underlying technology for the forthcoming Cadasta Platform 2.0. This partnership will significantly advance our capabilities to be more responsive to needs on the ground and better able to serve our partners with improved tools and resources.

We are excited for this new phase in Cadasta’s development and I look forward to engaging with each of you in the coming months as we work towards a common mission of advancing land rights. Read on to learn more about our partners and projects as well as the improved tools and features that Cadasta 2.0 will offer.


With warm regards,
Amy Coughenour Betancourt, CEO


Bridging Gaps to Advance Land Rights
By Amy Coughenour Betancourt

For Cadasta, bridging the gap between those with formally recognized land rights and the vast majority without, is our call to action. In her blog, Cadasta’s new CEO Amy Coughenour shares her ideas for growing Cadasta’s potential to advance land rights for the world’s most marginalized people.

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Introducing Cadasta 2.0: An Esri-Supported Platform for Improved Land and Resource Rights Documentation
By Oliver Roick and Frank Pichel

Since our founding, Cadasta’s goal has been to provide our partners with simple and affordable technology, training, and technical assistance to document, map, and store property, land, and resource rights data. By partnering with Esri, Cadasta will be able to provide more robust, scalable, and flexible services to our partners. See our blog for more on how this partnership will improve our ability to support our partners and the documentation of land and resource rights.

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Cadasta and Esri Partner to Put Land Rights on the Map
By Timothy Fella

Through our partnership with Esri, Cadasta Platform 2.0 will make the documentation of land and resource rights more accessible, secure, and flexible than ever before. Learn more about Esri’s history, mission, and vision as a company to understand why its technology is used and trusted by more than 350,000 organizations worldwide.

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Story Maps: Harnessing the Power of Maps to Tell Your Story
By Madaleine Weber

Are you looking to leverage your maps and data to share your story with a broader audience? Look no further, Story Maps is the premier program for creating compelling stories that combine maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. Read on to learn how Story Maps makes it easier than ever to harness the power of maps to tell your story.

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The Green Revolution Reboot: Women’s Land Rights

By Amy Coughenour Betancourt and Dr. Justine Uvuza

Few people dispute the transformational impact of the “Green Revolution” in agriculture that eradicated famine from Mexico to India just 50 years ago. As gains in agricultural production have again begun to slow, there are calls for a Second Green Revolution to meet the growing food security needs of the planet. In an op-ed published by Devex, Cadasta’s Amy Coughenour and Landesa’s Dr. Justine Uvuza make the case for rebooting our approach to agriculture by supporting and strengthening women’s rights to own, inherit, and manage land.

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Interim Steps Towards Secure Land Tenure

From India to Zambia, Cadasta is working in a number of jurisdictions where city officials have elected not to wait for land professionals and government ministries to issue formal titles or deeds, and are instead taking it upon themselves to issue intermediate documentation.

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Mapping for Thought: Establishing Secure Land Tenure for Irrigation Schemes in South Kivu, DRC

Check out our feature article in the French Surveyor Journal XYZ to learn how we are assisting the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, customary authorities, local communities, and a Dutch NGO to map and document land rights using participatory mapping techniques in South Kivu. Read the English translation here.


Risky business: Tenure issues main deterrent for investment

A newly published USAID report finds that land tenure issues are a major deterrent for private sector investment. Cadasta’s Frank Pichel weighs in here.

Factoring in land rights in the push for sustainable landscapes

In the lead up to the Third Annual Global Landscapes Forum Investment Case Symposium, Cadasta’s Frank Pichel shared his thoughts about the critical role land rights play in building the investment case for sustainable landscapes. Read the article here.

Cadasta featured in FHI 360’s Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability

Cadasta is thrilled to have been featured in FHI 360’s Altas for Innovation for its innovative mobile technology platform that improves people’s access to their rightful ownership of land. Read about our work in the Atlas here.


Cadasta Appoints a New CEO

Cadasta is pleased to welcome Amy Coughenour Betancourt as its new Chief Executive Officer. Learn more about Amy and what she brings to the organization here.


A Year in Review: Cadasta’s 2017 Annual Report

The year 2017 marked a period of significant organizational growth for Cadasta. See our Annual Report for more on how our partnerships have grown, platform use has increased, and our ability to help communities benefit from the opportunities afforded by secure land and natural resource rights has improved.


Her Land Her Story Webinar

Weren’t able to join the Her Land Her Story webinar? Find the complete webinar recording and presentation materials here.


We are Hiring!

We are seeking a Product Manager to join our team in D.C. Click here to learn more about the position and application process.



Cadasta staff will be at the following events in the coming months. If you will also be there, come find us and say hello!  

  • Esri User Conference - July 9-13, San Diego, USA
  • ILC’s Global Land Forum - September 22-27, Bandung, Indonesia
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