2016 Testing of a New Survey Module on Perceptions of Land Tenure Security in Nine Countries
This new report in collaboration with Gallup presents results from the initial phase of survey testing in 2016. The study focuses on respondents' perceptions of the likelihood they could lose the right to live in their home and their possession (or lack thereof) of property documents that could help protect those rights. Results reveal a range of perceptions of tenure security across countries, and a mix of results about the relationship of documentation and perceptions of security.
Building a secure future: perceptions of property rights in India (2016)
The idea behind this initial survey is simple: to find out if people in India are worried about their existing property rights or lack of them - whether women or men, owners or tenants, in cities or in villages.
The survey results reveal that insecurity of property rights is widespread in India. At the same time, the results offer cause for optimism about the potential to solve the problem.
We plan to do similar research in other countries, building up to a global survey that will reveal similarities and differences between societies when it comes to people’s perceptions of property rights.
Findings so far
Our first PRIndex report found that almost 25% of the respondents globally surveyed in the pilot phase feel their property rights are at risk. However, the levels of perceived tenure security may vary significantly among different countries. For instance, while in Egypt 17% percent of the population is concerned that their tenure rights are insecure or somewhat insecure, the same figure reaches 31% when we look at Nigeria.
A key finding from our first round was that the level of self-reported tenure insecurity varied depending on the phrasing of the questions and answers put to respondents. Our second test in late 2017 aimed to unpick this point further. Findings from this test will be published in our forthcoming report.
PRIndex is based upon nationally representative surveys targeting individuals aged 15 and above. Our efforts to date have focused on fine-tuning our data collection methods, including our questionnaire. A first round of testing in nine countries (see below) took place in 2015-16 and a follow up round in three of those countries took place in late 2017.
This latest test round took place in three of the nine countries – Colombia, India and Tanzania.
The first nine countries were Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Peru and Tanzania.
Additional information about the PRIndex methodology can be found in the first PRIndex report, as well as in a previously published India report. Further details on our updated methodology are available in the forthcoming report.