Rights to Land are Rights to Life
Meet the winners of the Changemakers property rights competition!
Throughout the Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All competition, the Changemakers community submitted ideas on how to improve access to property rights around the world.
The three winning solutions are:
- ENSS/SUTRA (A Family of One’s Own), India: A social movement led by women that advocates for long-term lease rights from the government to promote an alternative, women-centered household structure.
- Red Tierras, Colombia: An interactive network that uses technology to connect land rights practitioners from marginalized communities, citizen sector organizations, and government agencies across Latin America to share best practices in land conflict resolution, agrarian reform, and sustainable natural resource management.
- Terra Nova, Brazil: a for-profit company that improves the lives of families living in urban slums by peacefully managing the land regularization process, resolving land disputes, and enabling residents to purchase title to the land they occupy.
The three winners were selected from a pool of 211 entries from 47 countries by an expert panel of judges. Each of the winners has won a US $50,000 prize to invest in their property rights solution, as well as access to a broader network of leaders in the field of property rights.
Throughout the competition, partners contributed expertise and input that has been invaluable to the participants in this competition.
Tim Hanstad, President and CEO of Landesa (formerly known as the Rural Development Institute) had the following to say of the competition:
“This competition brings to light many of these very innovative leaders who have been working with their heads down for years, if not decades, and allow us all to learn from them. This competition enables their work to be more visible to policy makers and other larger actors that can partner with them and help them scale.”
Changemakers has been working closely with Omidyar Network to make this competition a success, and the Changemakers community has benefited from their ongoing support and expertise.
“Omidyar Network believes that property rights are fundamental to creating opportunity for people to improve their lives. Through both our support of ILD — an established, global leader in property rights — and the Changemakers competition, we hope we can help to connect proven leaders to new innovators and foster a movement to unleash global social impact through property rights.” — Matt Bannick, Managing Partner of Omidyar Network
Congratulations to all the entrants and Changemakers community members who contributed to this competition, as well as the competition partners and supporters.
And, of course, a big congratulations to the winners!
This article originally appeared on Changemakers.com and is republished here with permission.
Photo source: Landesa
by Evagelia Tavoulareas