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What to Read Open Data
12 December 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Nieves Zúñiga
Mr. Charl-Thom Bayer
Romy Sato
Global

A selection and review of readings that shed light on the role that open land data can play in equitable and sustainable development, and social justice.

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.

Data story banner, Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, by Leonard A. Floyd
16 November 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Marie Gagné
Africa
Ethiopia

Has land formalization - as a type of land reform - delivered on the promises of improving tenure security, agricultural productivity and women's land access? Learn more in this data story.

Camp for Internally Displaced in Bangassou, Central African Republic
5 September 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Marie Gagné
Central African Republic

In this interview, Prof. Felix Ngana talks about the creation of the Training and Research Unit (UFR) on Land Governance and Local Development (GFDL) at the University of Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR). Following the establishment of a Bachelor's degree program, plans to extend this training to the Master's and PhD levels are already underway. These efforts are timely, as the country has embarked on a decentralization process to elect mayors and governors to head municipal and regional councils, respectively. 

complexities of measuring land projects impact
6 September 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Nieves Zúñiga
Global

This data story reflects on the complexities of measuring the impact of land governance projects and summarize some of the best practices on impact evaluation from the well-known guidelines on the topic.

What to Read
3 August 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Anne Hennings
Colombia
Bangladesh
India

In this What to Read digest, we review four recent articles that focus on how rural communities in the Global South are dealing with climate disasters, including cases from Bangladesh, Colombia, and India.

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.

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.

28 February 2023
Authors: 
Mr. Charl-Thom Bayer
Ms. Laura Meggiolaro
Global
  • The links between the open data and land communities have matured over the last four years alongside a recognition of the centrality of land governance for sustainable development.
  • Benchmarking and measuring open land data is a key area of progress since 2018, but more needs to be done to refine the global benchmarks such as the Global Data Barometer.
  • Open data initiatives need to carefully consider their social, political, and economic objectives due to the different needs and interests of land data producers and users. 
3 February 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Nieves Zúñiga
Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean
Asia
Global

One year ago, thanks to a Solutions Journalism Network LEDE Fellowship and in collaboration with the Land Portal, I started a project to find stories of responses to the damage caused to the land and environment. During this time, I affirmed that communities and people around the world are working to protect and heal the environment, even if those stories hardly make it to the mainstream media. 

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