Drones for Land Clarification and the Empowerment of Women

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Project selected under the Innovation Programme Call for Proposals 2019:

Secure Tenure in African Cities: Micro Funds for Community Innovation


Recipient: Initiative Régionale de Documentation & d'Accompagnement Communautaire au Développement (IRDAC Sarl)
Grant amount: USD 49,570




The city of Kasangulu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is the closest city to Kinshasa, a megalopolis with a population of 15 million. Kasangulu faces the outbidding of land transactions caused by growing land pressure on a population composed mostly of poor farmers whose property rights are not secured. The city is also struggling with a lack of data and unclear land relationships that create conflict.

This project aims to support a participatory process to formalise property and customary land rights for communities which are members of RADEKAS, a network of community-based development associations in Kasangulu. The project will use drones to collect data on the settlements, which will then be used together with GIS data to create a digital cadastral database of the designated area. Sixteen people – 14 youths and two land agents – will be trained to use the drones. The information collected will be used to support land title applications in the communities covered by RADEKAS. It will also be used to create a dialogue with decision makers and other stakeholders on consensual, sustainable solutions to land issues.

It aims to particularly benefit women, who will receive support to use the land title to obtain micro credit loans to start income-generation activities, thereby demonstrating the benefits of land titling for inclusive development. For wider impact and to encourage replication, the project will hold presentations and workshops at the provincial and national levels to raise awareness of its activities and the role it can play in national land reform.

The activity is an innovative way to reduce land conflict by integrating technology with community engagement and capacity building. Communities will learn how to negotiate with the municipality for their rights and learn how to use land tenure as an asset to build livelihoods. The city will have access to quality data that forms the basis of a modern land information management system, as well as technology that can revolutionalise the work of surveyors. Young people will gain valuable skills that they can use to access employment.


About the grantee:
IRDAC SARL is a start-up organisation with expertise in participatory mapping and remote sensing in the DRC. Its services
include promoting innovative use of civil drone technology to access high-resolution, geo-spatial information to capture
and manage land data and other drone solutions services. The organisation also offers training in tele-piloting drones and
supports communities in sustainably managing environmental projects. IRDAC SARL is member of Africa Goes Digital
(www.AfGoesDigital.org), a large African start-up network which provides drones solutions services around Africa and is
supported by CTA (www.cta.int).