State of Land Data & Information in East Africa: Catalyzing East Africa's Land Data Ecosystem | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data
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The Land Portal is a Foundation registered in the Netherlands in 2014.

The vision of the Portal 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.

GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security.  It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over 317 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations that have committed to a joint Statement of Purpose.

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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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Festival: Making the Linkages between Open Data and Land in East Africa
8 May 2019


6th Floor, Senteu Plaza, Galana/Lenana Road Junction
Eastern Africa
South Sudan

You are invited to join a lively festival devoted to building an open data community in East Africa and making the linkages between open data and land on May 8th from 5PM-9PM at IHUB.

This festival aims bring together local open data aficionados together with l experts from East Africa and beyond as well as international partners.

Land Portal Foundation
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Local Development Research Institute
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development
27 May 2019
Mr. Michael Odhiambo
South Sudan

The land sector is in the throes of the Global Data Revolution, which, of course, has created opportunities as well as challenges.  Government data portals, open access academic journals, community mapping and other citizen-generated data initiatives create possibilities for inclusive and open approaches to data collection and management.  But how can these opportunities be leveraged for real change and benefits to citizens?

There is no doubt the Global Data Revolution has reached the land sector. Government data portals, open access academic journals, community mapping initiatives and other citizen-generated data - there is a palpable positive drive across the world that allows processes such as data collection to be more inclusive and open. But within this data momentum, there are still many barriers and questions: Who can access the data, and how? What data is reliable? Who owns the data? What data is up to date? Can I use the data without inflicting harm?

We have a collective responsibility to ensure the Data Revolution is inclusive and leveraged to affect real change. In the end, data can only be of value when it is used responsibly. We would like to invite all stakeholders in the land data ecosystem in East Africa to our upcoming workshop, co-organized by FAO Kenya, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) the Local Development Research Institute, GODAN Africa, Research4Life and the Land Portal, at the University of Nairobi on May 8-10th 2019.

The overall goal of the workshop is to uncover the land data & information ecosystem (including gaps in existence, accessibility or abilities to re-use data) in East Africa and contribute to foster a regional policy dialogue on access to data.


Please sign up for this workshop through our Eventbrite page. We look forward to seeing you there!

We are very grateful for the generous support of our donors, without whom this workshop would not be possible:

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