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'Place' Land Rights Platform Launched by Reuters

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charity arm of the world’s largest news and information provider, yesterday launched Place (Property, Land, Access, Connections, Empowerment), an innovative platform to boost coverage of land and property rights, one of the most under-reported issues worldwide. The new platform has been developed with support from Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm founded by Pierre and Pam Omidyar.

Insecurity of land tenure and property rights is a major cause of global poverty and inequality and is strongly linked to the realisation of many development goals, including food security, economic empowerment of women, and climate change mitigation. Place aims to generate and curate trusted news and information on these issues, highlighting some of the complex dynamics related to property rights with the aim of making the subject accessible to a broader audience.

Place creates the world’s first global news team dedicated to coverage of land and property rights, and the launch of a new digital platform, featuring original articles, information, analysis and opinion pieces. The Thomson Reuters Foundation team will do reporting and will select and aggregate content, ensuring the site both informs and triggers debate.

Christian Costeaux

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