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Geospatial technology innovations for land tenure security in East Africa

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.

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)

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WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 751 902,50

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 739 687,50

HANSA LUFTBILD AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 670 937,50

Institut d'Enseignement Superieur de Ruhengeri

Rwanda

EU Contribution

€ 98 125

BAHIR DAR UNIVERSITY

Ethiopia

EU Contribution

€ 109 375

THE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF KENYA

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 109 375

ESRI RWANDA

Rwanda

EU Contribution

€ 282 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 687828

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 February 2016

  • End date

    31 January 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 933 740

  • EU contribution

    € 3 933 740

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands