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 TierrasColombia: 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 NovaBrazil: 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


Empress Ginger
Ginger Strivelli6 years ago

awesome work

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

This is exactly what is needed for these people!

Britin Jackson
Past Member 6 years ago

Great! Thanks for the article

Suzanne H.
Suzanne H6 years ago

Bravo! Go for 100 year leases

Colin Hope
Colin Hope6 years ago

Except here in S Africa, where, it seems lately that it's a right to extended lazyness and no produce!!

Bernadette P.
berny p6 years ago

A social movement led by women that advocates for long-term lease rights from the government to promote an alternative, women-centered household structure.

AGAIN...it is the women who make things happen but then after been in india many times I am not surprised...the men are selfish and think they can do anything......change that and India WILL be a better place for all!

Akin Adelakun
Akin Adelakun6 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Samantha Hodder
Samantha Hodder6 years ago


Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

Every day, through Care2, I learn of organizations and movements that I never knew existed. It gives me hope for the world. Sometimes I feel alone in addressing the woes of the world, but then I realize that I'm not alone, that there are other good-hearted people also working on other things. Changemakers is another good idea that is helping to change people's lives by investing in their good ideas. People came up with good ideas and solution plans, and Changemakers will fund those plans. Wonderful

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C6 years ago