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Geospatial technology innovations for land tenure security in East Africa

Objective

its4land delivers an innovative suite of land tenure recording tools that responds to sub Saharan Africa’s immense challenge to rapidly and cheaply map millions of unrecognized land rights in the region. ICT innovation will play a key role. Existing approaches have failed: disputes abound, investment is impeded, and the community’s poorest lose out. its4land reinforces strategic collaboration between the EU and East Africa via a scalable and transferrable ICT solution. Established local, national, and international partnerships drive the project results beyond R&D into the commercial realm. its4land combines an innovation process with emerging geospatial technologies, including smart sketchmaps, UAVs, automated feature extraction, and geocloud services, to deliver land recording services that are end-user responsive, market driven, and fit-for-purpose. The transdisciplinary work also develops supportive models for governance, capacity development, and business capitalization. Gender sensitive analysis and design is also incorporated. Set in the East African development hotbeds of Rwanda, Kenya, and Ethiopia, its4land falls within TRL 5-7: 3 major phases host 8 work packages that enable contextualization, design, and eventual land sector transformation. In line with Living Labs thinking, localized pilots and demonstrations are embedded in the design process. The experienced consortium is multi-sectorial, multi-national, and multidisciplinary. It includes SMEs and researchers from 3 EU countries and 3 East African countries: the necessary complementary skills and expertise is delivered. Responses to the range of barriers are prepared: strong networks across East Africa are key in mitigation. The tailored project management plan ensures clear milestones and deliverables, and supports result dissemination and exploitation: specific work packages and roles focus on the latter.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 171 837,50

Participants (7)

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 751 902,50
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 739 687,50
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HANSA LUFTBILD AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 670 937,50
Address
Nevinghoff 20
48147 Munster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Institut d'Enseignement Superieur de Ruhengeri
Rwanda
EU contribution
€ 98 125
Address
Ines-ruhengeri
Ruhengeri Musanze Ruhengeri
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BAHIR DAR UNIVERSITY
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 109 375
Address
Bahir Dar University
Bahir Dar
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF KENYA
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 109 375
Address
Haile Selassie Avenue
00200 Nairobi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ESRI RWANDA
Rwanda
EU contribution
€ 282 500
Address
Kg 666
Kigali
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)