Academic Venture Fund - 2011

Property Formalization and the Role of Technology in Tanzania

Map of Tanzania

Tanzania is implementing a Property and Business Formalization Program intended to transform informal property and businesses into legally held entities in the economy's formal sector. Taking Tanzania as a case study, Cornell researchers will examine the potential of using geographic information systems (GIS) in incorporating customary tenure. The research will address a major criticism of property formalization—that it fails to acknowledge the different principles and relationships that underpin informal property systems—and, more broadly, explore the role of technology in international development.

Investigators: Stephan Schmidt, Eduardo Penalver