On 15 July 2020, Prindex launched the world’s first global survey measuring how secure people feel in their land and property rights. Having previously published data and analysis for 33 countries, we released our full global dataset of 140 countries. The event was a chance to discuss the latest global findings and how they can contribute to a world where everyone feels secure in their land and property rights.
Prindex, a ground-breaking global survey, measures the perceptions of land and property security. It contributes to the growing ecosystem of data that highlight the importance of secure rights in driving development and building a fairer world. The Prindex survey reveals the scale of land and housing insecurity around the world, who is likely to face insecurity and why. It aims to equip the global land rights movement and beyond with the knowledge needed to understand the challenge and drive the changes needed to make land — and, through that, livelihoods — more secure and productive.
Now is a crucial moment. As countries grapple with the global COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring people have a place to live has emerged as a frontline issue in the fight against the virus. Yet in many countries, the human and economic fallout from the pandemic will likely exacerbate longstanding weaknesses in land and housing security. Strong land and property rights for all are more urgently needed, even as they are more under threat.
As we look to 'building back better' after the pandemic, we need a global discussion on how land and housing rights can be strengthened for all people. In these tumultuous times, when secure shelter and protection are particularly vital, and having a home is of such stark importance, how can we build a world where everyone feels secure in their property rights?