Terra Nova and Global Land Alliance Partner to Scale Proven Property Rights Mediation Model
Historical Database on Economic and Social Impact of Informal Settlements Agreements in Brazil to be Made Available for Research
Curitiba, Brazil – October 9, 2019 – Terra Nova, an organization that documents land ownership in order to improve quality of life in Brazilian settlements, and Global Land Alliance, a United States nonprofit that supports property rights reforms, announced today a partnership to scale a proven model for mediating between land owners and favela occupants in Brazil and to develop a historical database for research purposes. The partnership is made possible by a $650,000 grant from Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm established by Pam and Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay.
“Terra Nova’s model is proven to dramatically improve the lives of Brazilians benefitting from land regularization – and yet we’ve still just scratched the surface of its potential,” said André Albuquerque, founder and president of Terra Nova. “Alongside Global Land Alliance, we hope to bring this innovative model to communities around Brazil and to share with the world our vast data trove on the impact of informal settlement agreements.”
Funding will help Terra Nova scale its model and operations, facilitate the creation of new payment mechanisms for its customers, and allow the organization to use new, more efficient technology to map and document homes. The partnership will also democratize access to Terra Nova’s extensive database, which houses over 20 years of data that can be used to illustrate the economic and social impacts of informal settlement agreements in Brazil.
“This partnership highlights Terra Nova’s success in pioneering a model for regularization of informal settlements based on a joint negotiation between occupants, owners, and local governments,” said Dr. Malcolm Childress, co-director of Global Land Alliance. “We are excited about the potential global impact of this partnership, with the goal of solving housing and urban development challenges worldwide.”
“Land rights have the potential to change people’s lives – just ask the thousands of Brazilians who have been helped by Terra Nova,” said Peter Rabley, venture partner at Omidyar Network. “Thanks to improved use of technology, that model will be brought to more places where residents and occupants need support with land regularization.”