Customary cadastres and smartphone surveys: fitting with the local needs

Kwabena Asiama, R.M. Bennett, J.A. Zevenbergen

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The complex nature of customary land administration, coupled with slow, expensive and highly centralised national land registration systems, means the registration of customary land rights is oft neglected. Estimates suggest a mere 0.5% of Ghanaian customary land holdings are registered, making land grabbing in peri-urban areas easier and land management activities, such as land consolidation, highly impeded. Read on for an article showing the results of an experiment in which a smartphone app was used to enable a participatory, faster, cheaper and a more fit-for-purpose approach to rural customary land administration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-43
Number of pages3
JournalGIM International
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


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