What is PRIndex?

The Global Property Rights Index (PRIndex) is the first-of-its-kind global dataset and index on citizens’ perceptions of property rights.

PRIndex is a baseline, multi-national dataset measuring how secure people feel about their rights to the land and property on which they live and work. This data will provide the grounding for a global conversation and movement around securing the property rights of billions who currently lack them, and has the potential to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Building on initial data collected from 9 countries in 2016 and 2017, PRIndex 2018 will collect data from an additional 36 countries in different regions of the world, creating the world’s first comprehensive account of people’s perceptions and opinions of property rights.

Why does PRIndex matter for development?

Property rights provide the necessary foundation for people to build better lives for themselves and their families, ultimately driving sustainable economic growth in their countries. However, identifying, administering and maintaining property rights is a challenge for many countries around the world as governments often do not have information on who has those rights, and rights holders are not always able to protect them.

It is critical to know how citizens currently understand their rights to land and property so that governments, NGOs, donors and others can build targeted programs tailored to the realities faced by local communities. PRIndex takes a people-first approach to advancing the global property rights movement.

Perceptions of security of tenure have never been collected at the global level, preventing a clear understanding of the magnitude and nature of citizens' experience of security and insecurity. PRIndex addresses this gap, creating a baseline global dataset to support the achievement of secure property rights around the world.

Who is involved?

PRIndex is an initiative of the Omidyar Network and the UK Department for International Development (DfID), implemented by Land Alliance and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of research experts in property rights is providing guidance on the design and methodology of surveys and analysis of data. 

Find out more about the team behind PRIndex

What is the status?

  • Initially measured tenure security in a 14-state survey in India with 14,000 respondents (2015-6)
  • Conducted qualitative research in 9 countries (Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Greece, Nigeria, Peru and Tanzania) to explore how people think about tenure security (2016)
  • Worked with Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and Gallup to develop and implement a quantitative study of tenure security in the same 9-countries (2016)
  • Published results from first two rounds of testing on our website and shared in global convening in collaboration with Gallup (2017)
  • Refined measurement approach based on a review of results, feedback from TAG, and an extensive literature review
  • Tested a number of alternative ways of measuring tenure security in 3 countries: India, Tanzania, and Colombia (2017)
  • In 2018 we will publish the PRIndex 2017 test results, refine measurement instruments, and roll-out a baseline PRIndex to an additional 36 countries.