Omidyar Network and Ashoka’s Changemakers announced last week that they are launching an online competition to find the world’s top leaders working to increase secure access to property rights. The Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All challenge will recognize solutions that create economic and social opportunity through secure rights to land.
The global competition is geared towards entries that demonstrate a range of approaches, especially those that work to provide land to the landless; help to formalize and document property rights for individuals or communities who lack established rights; or work on legal education to help people understand and benefit from the laws that protect these assets. Entries will be accepted until November 3, 2010.
To take part or know more about the competition vist http://www.changemakers.com/property-rights
“Secure property rights can provide people with life-altering benefits–economic opportunity, enhanced identity, and personal dignity,” said Matt Bannick, Managing Partner of Omidyar Network. “Practitioners are leading groundbreaking initiatives in the field; the competition provides on online platform to connect these innovators, encourage dialogue and action, and catalyze a larger movement in property rights.”
Three winners will be selected and each will receive a prize of US $50,000. Top entries will be determined by public voting via the Changemakers website; finalists will move on to be evaluated by an expert panel.
The Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All competition is open to a diversity of changemakers who are increasing access to property rights for individuals or communities, in rural or urban areas, and through for-profit or non-profit innovation. Winners could include technology providers, policy advocates, microfinance lenders, women’s rights advocates, and other entrepreneurs with leading edge ideas.
“The Changemakers open-source model has surfaced some of the most innovative, effective solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Sushmita Ghosh, President Emerita of Ashoka. “We are thrilled to partner with Omidyar Network to support an emergent global community and accelerate greater impact in the field of property rights.”