TNRC External Resource The Role of Open Data in the Fight against Land Corruption

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The Role of Open Data in the Fight against Land Corruption

Land management, administration and allocation are all critical areas for land-based biodiversity conservation. Opening up land-related data, combining it with data from other sources, and making this information easily accessible to women and men equally could be a means to counteract corruption in these functions. But does open data and enhanced data transparency indeed help to counteract land corruption? Aled Williams from the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, a TNRC partner, recently joined a GIZ LandHub webinar focused on answering this question. Listen to the recording here.

The webinar presented the findings of a new study of open data related to land and highlighted why open data is not a panacea for tackling land corruption. The discussion explored crucial preconditions for such data to bring positive benefits to people´s lives, both in anti-corruption and in other terms.

Additional speakers were Marcello De Maria (Postdoc Researcher, University of Reading), Ania Calderon (Executive Director, Open Data Charter), Andreas Lange (Senior Advisor, Rural Development and Food Security, GIZ), Ellen O. Pratt (Commissioner, Liberia Land Authority) and moderated by Tim Hanstad (CEO, Chandler Foundation).


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