Driving Change, Securing Tenure Innovations in Land & Property Rights | Land Portal




A new series of case studies authored by researchers at Princeton University’s Innovations for Successful Societies program profiles recent initiatives to strengthen tenure security and reform land registration systems in seven countries: South AfricaCanadaJamaica, Australia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Kyrgyzstan.

Marking the launch of this series, New America’s Future of Property Rights initiative is hosting a two-day workshop to highlight key lessons and provoke thinking about implications for property rights innovations around the world.

Wednesday, May 31 - Day 1 features TED-style presentations from the case protagonists—the people who actually led the reforms—as well as an expert panel discussion about new practices and technologies in land and property rights.  Day 1 will be live-streamed.

Thursday, June 1 - Day 2 brings together a group of educators and practitioners to build a global network around property rights case teaching and development.



  • Elizabeth Stair, CEO, National Land Agency Jamaica
  • Elgin Farewell, President & CEO, Teranet Inc. Ontario, Canada
  • David Mayson, Managing Partner, Phuhlisani NPC
  • Kathryn Ewing, Director, Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading Cape Town, South Africa
  • Emídio Oliveira Noormahomed, Executive Director, Cooperativa para Terras Comunitárias, Mozambique
  • Jodi Cant, CEO, Landage, Western Australia
  • Grenville Barnes, Professor of Geomatics, University of Florida
  • Noel Taylor, Co-founder & former CEO, Cadasta
  • Chris Jochnick, CEO, Landesa
  • Nana Ama Yirrah, Founder, COLANDEF


Day 1

8:30 AM


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Introduction to the Day


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Innovations Spotlight: South Africa


10:30 AM – 10:45 AM


10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Innovations in Land Registries

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM



1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Innovations in Securing Rural Land Rights


2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Q & A with the Case Researchers & Authors


3:15 PM – 3:30 PM


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Discussion Panel


4:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Closing Remarks

4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Network Reception

Follow the conversation online using #ISSCases and following @NewAmericaFPR

Cases supported by the Omidyar Network the British Academy/Department for International Development ACE Programme.  Event sponsored by Omidyar Network.

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