Updated Jan 16, 2018

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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

MAST is currently being piloted in rural Tanzania whereUSAID is working directly with villagers to map andrecord individual land rights, strengthen local governanceinstitutions, and build government capacity.The project provides training on land laws to raiseawareness of women and men’s legal rights, and workswith community institutions to strengthen local capacity toimplement these laws. The project also conducts outreachto ensure that mapping and registration processes areparticipatory and inclusive. Local people are trained indata collection and verification and the results of mappingactivities are presented to community-wide gatherings forvalidation. This innovative and cost-effective approach to formalizingland rights can be adapted for use in many different settingsand scaled to provide land services to women and men aroundthe world.

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Focus Areas:

Land Tenure, Gender Equity and Technology

Land Tenure, Gender Equity and TechnologySEE LESS

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TanzaniaSEE LESS

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Innovation Description

Around the world, millions of people lack documented land rights. To address this, USAID is piloting an innovative program that uses an open-source smartphone app to capture the information needed to issue formal documentation of land rights. Using a cloud-based data management system to store geospatial and demographic information, the project is designed to lower costs and time involved in registering land rights and to make the process more transparent and accessible to local people.
How does your innovation work?
The MAST app, which runs on Android smartphones, empowers villagers to easily map the boundaries of their land and to record demographic information (i.e. names and pictures of people who live there; whether the land is rented or owned). Data can be collected in remote areas without phone service, then later synced to a database when connected to the internet. The Government of Tanzania is then able to access this geospatial and demographic information through a secure cloud-based database and use it to issue formal documentation of land rights to villagers.


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