Omidyar Network and Changemakers Launch Competition to Unleash Impact through Property Rights http://www.changemakers.com/property-rights
The Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives, and Ashoka's Changemakers have announced the launch of an online competition to find the world's top leaders working to increase secure access to property rights. The Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All challenge will recognize solutions that create economic and social opportunity through secure rights to land.
The global competition is geared toward entries that demonstrate a range of approaches, especially those that work to provide land to the landless, help to formalize and document property rights for individuals or communities who lack established rights, and work to educate people about the laws that protect these assets.
The competition is open to changemakers who are working to increase access to property rights for individuals or communities, in rural or urban areas, and through for-profit or nonprofit innovation. Winners could include technology providers, policy advocates, microfinance lenders, women's rights advocates, and other entrepreneurs with leading edge ideas.
Three winners will be selected to receive a prize of $50,000. Top entries will be determined by public voting via the Changemakers Web site; finalists will move on to be evaluated by an expert panel.