Dear Cadasta Community and Friends,

There is a lot in the air besides spring at Cadasta! At the end of March, months of hard work culminated in our launch of Cadasta 2.0—a new platform and suite of tools, a new strategy, and a new sense of purpose as we strive to document the rights of 8 million people in 30 countries by 2022.

The event to mark this momentous occasion was a packed house in a DC art gallery. Our new video was premiered and remarks from our donors, Omidyar Network and UKAid, and our partners in the field were given about the value that Cadasta brings to their work. The signature cocktail, the “Cadastanaut,” was enjoyed by friends from near and far as we gathered around the World Bank Land and Poverty conference.

People are talking about Cadasta! Please take a look at the unprecedented levels of press and external coverage about Cadasta, from my guest commentary in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to the op-ed by Jack Dangermond, CEO of Esri published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation to Omidyar’s blog on “Why We Invested.”

I will be heading to Uganda this month to present Cadasta to a new audience—the ICT4D crowd, dedicated to the integration of technology innovation in development. This is just one of many thought leadership and outreach opportunities that various members of the Cadasta team are engaging in around the world.

Our Board of Directors is a high-powered group of leaders in their domains, setting Cadasta’s vision and ensuring its strong governance. Read below about the two recent additions to our Board—Elisa Savva and George Ombado.

We want to hear from you! Cadasta’s success relies on partnerships—from all sectors—interested in advancing land and resource rights. Please reach out  to talk us about your ideas for working together.


All the best,

Amy Coughenour Betancourt


The New Cadasta Strategy

Engaging high-impact networks, building a network of global Cadasta Trainers, and launching a new small grant fund are all part of our new strategy for scaling and impact. Cadasta 2.0 is not just a new platform and suite of tools—it is also a strategy to engage more partners and to build global capacity for mapping land and resource rights. Here’s how we plan to do it:

Cadasta’s Four Core Scaling Strategies

  1. Work through High-Impact Networks and Partnerships

  2. Become a Network Promoter to Build Community and Promote Mapping and Land Collaboration

  3. Build Evidence of Impact Through Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, and Third-party Evaluations

  4. Bolster Cadasta’s Communications, Thought Leadership, and Advocacy

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Secure Land Rights is the Path to End Global Poverty

Having a title, deed or lease is the key that turns informal occupants into citizens, yet 70 percent of the world's population lives without documented property rights. In his op-ed, Esri's founder and president Jack Dangermond explains why secure land rights is the path to end global poverty and cites Cadasta's tools and methods as a much needed approach to documenting land rights from the bottom up.

Read it here



Cadasta 2.0: Covering New Terrain in the Fight for Land Rights



Introducing the Global Metrics Dashboard

By Asaf Even-Paz

Since our founding, we have worked to make it easier than ever to collect, store, and analyze land and resource rights data. With the launch of our new Global Metrics Dashboard, it’s now even easier to access and analyze this data. Read Product Manager Asaf Even-Paz’s recent blog to learn about our new dashboard and why it is important to understand the bigger picture of data.

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“Why are we excited to be funding Cadasta? For DFID, Cadasta is inclusive, it is disruptive, but it is very agile. It is putting people first and really helping them start the process and giving them the tools to map and document their rights from the bottom-up…”

Chris Penrose Buckley, Senior Land Policy Lead, UK Department for International Development (DFID) at the Cadasta 2.0 Launch and Reception on March 27th, 2019.

Click here to listen to Chris’s full remarks.


Cadasta has received unprecedented press coverage over the last several weeks from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, GeoSpatial World, Omidyar Network, Esri, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and others. Check out a few of the pieces below and see our press page for a comprehensive list of our recent coverage.

Why We Continue to Support Cadasta Foundation | Omidyar Network   

In today’s rapidly advancing world, technology and human ingenuity are improving lives across the globe. However, millions of people are being left behind by lack of access to these innovations and the benefits they create. That’s why Omidyar Network continues to support Cadasta Foundation as we embark on our next phase, harnessing technology and data to create more equitable opportunity for all.

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How One Million People in India’s Odisha Slums Gain Land Rights | Esri Newsroom

An ambitious government program in Odisha state, India plans to give one million residents of informal settlements formal certificates of occupancy to their land and homes. Learn how Cadasta’s tools supported the initiative and helped provide a sense of security and permanence to the settlement’s residents.

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Using Geodata to Secure Land Tenure | GeoSpatial World Magazine

In her article, Cadasta CEO Amy Coughenour explains how Cadasta’s use of geospatial technology helps communities and their stakeholders make better decisions.

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Leveraging Geospatial Tools and Technology to Document the Land Rights of Vulnerable Communities | Geoawesomeness  

Cadasta’s Product Manager Asaf Even-Paz explains why everyone deserves to be recognized and have their rights documented, especially when it comes to the land they live and work on.

Read More



We are thrilled to welcome Elisa Saava and George Ombado to the Cadasta Board of Directors. Read about the skills and experiences they bring to the Cadasta Board.

Cadasta is hiring! Join our team and help improve the lives of vulnerable people through land and resource rights.

We have refreshed our website! Check it out to learn more about our work, partners, and impact.

Cadasta will be attending and presenting at a number of upcoming events. If you will also be there, come find us and say hello!

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