Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All

Property Rights

Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All

Competition Information

Competition News

Winners Announced! The three winners will each receive a prize of US $50,000.

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Welcome Letter


Dear Changemakers Community,

Omidyar Network was founded on the fundamental belief that every person has the power to make a difference. With this belief in mind, we are launching the Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All competition to identify and support the leaders who are making an impact through property rights.

Land is one of the greatest assets of the world’s poor. Secure rights to this asset provide life-altering benefits—economic opportunity, enhanced identity, and personal dignity. With property rights, people are able to improve their quality of life, invest confidently in their property, build security for their family, and improve their social status. Ultimately, the positive economic and social impact of property rights can transform lives and bolster communities.

Omidyar Network aims to catalyze greater awareness, spur innovation, and encourage policy reforms and programs that can bring the benefits of property rights to millions. Working together with leaders in the field, we can unleash unprecedented opportunity for people around the world.

If you are a changemaker who is increasing access to property rights—we want to hear from you. You might be a technology provider, policy advocate, microfinance lender, women’s rights leader or working in other related fields. We are looking for leaders who are driving efforts to bring rights to individuals or communities, in rural or urban areas, and through non-profit or for-profit innovation.

We are seeking changemakers who employ a range of approaches, including those who work to provide land to the landless, help to formalize, document or improve property rights, or work on legal education to help people understand and benefit from the laws that protect their assets. Are you one of these changemakers?

If so, Omidyar Network and Ashoka Changemakers invite you to submit your solution to the Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All competition.

Even if you do not offer a proposal of your own, we invite you to join the dialogue, make suggestions and recommend resources that help refine and strengthen entrants’ strategies. We also encourage you to vote on the top innovations.

Omidyar Network is proud to launch this challenge to support the world’s top leaders in property rights. Every person should be able to prove who they are and what they own. Join us today in the movement to bring secure property rights to all.


Sincerely,

Matt Bannick

Managing Partner, Omidyar Network

Presiding, Non-Voting Judge

Guidelines and Criteria

Who should enter:

If you are a changemaker who is increasing access to property rights—we want to hear from you. We are seeking individuals and organizations that demonstrate a range of approaches, including those who work to provide land to the landless, help to formalize, document or improve property rights, or work on legal education to help people understand and benefit from the laws that protect their assets. The competition is open to solutions around the world, though we’re particularly interested in innovations working in or targeting Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. We can only accept your entry in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French.

Why you should enter:

  • Connection to a global online community that supports the impact you are making on the ground.
  • Visibility with our community and our competition partner, Omidyar Network.
  • A chance to win!

What you can win:

  • Three US $50,000 cash prizes in unrestricted funding to boost your project.
  • A US $1,000 cash prize (if you enter before September 29, 2010)

How to enter:

  • Take a look at this video or take a look at these step-by-step instructions.
  • Read through the tips on how to make your entry stand out.

Read all the fine print below to learn more on how you can win.

Competition Guidelines

The competition is open to all types of individuals and organizations from all countries.

We consider all entries that:

  • Reflect the theme of the competition: Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All.
  • Demonstrate innovation and the potential for large-scale positive impact.
  • Provide or strengthen property rights for individuals or communities, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • Are beyond the stage of idea, concept, or research. Entries should demonstrate initial success and the potential for further growth. While we support new ideas at every stage and encourage their entry, the judges are better able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage, and have demonstrated proof of impact, even at small scale.
  • Are submitted in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish.

Please complete the entire entry form and submit before the deadline on November 3, 2010.

Assessment Criteria

The winners of this Changemakers collaborative competition will be those entries that best meet the following criteria:

  • Innovation: This is the knock-out test. The entrant must describe a systematic or disruptive innovation that has the ability to transform the field and make a significant contribution to bringing secure property rights to all. The innovation should be a unique model of change, distinct from other initiatives in the field, and have the potential for large-scale expansion. Successful entries may also focus on the following strategies:
    • Working to provide land to the landless, particularly in the area of policy advocacy,
    • Helping to formalize and document property rights for those who lack established rights to land (titling, leasing or certification)
    • Working on legal education and awareness to help people understand and benefit from the laws that protect these assets.
    • Developing technology to provide cost-effective property rights documentation and management (surveying, mapping, e-registry development etc.).

    The ideas and solutions generated through this competition must work toward strengthening property rights in order to provide people with life-altering benefits—economic opportunity, enhanced identity, and personal dignity.

  • Social Impact: It is important that the innovative idea provides a system-changing solution toward securing property rights for all. Some innovations will have proven success at a small level, while others will have potential to grow, engaging millions of people. Still others will achieve their impact quickly, while some will seed change for the long term. We look for breadth and depth, numbers and stories that make a substantive difference in local communities. Judges will consider the solution's potential for scale and replication, in addition to the entrant’s ability to formulate a clear “road map” to reaching larger goals.
  • Sustainability: The most effective solutions should have a long-term plan for securing financial backing and community support. Entries should describe not only how they currently finance their work, but also how they plan to finance in the future. The most successful entrants go beyond discussing whether or not they will charge for services and describe a business plan. They should also demonstrate that they have strong partnerships and support networks to address ongoing needs, scalability and a long-term financial strategy.

Competition Stages and Deadlines

Online competition submissions are accepted until November 3, 2010 at 5PM EDT. At any time before this deadline, competition participants are encouraged to revise their entries based on questions and insights that they receive in the Changemakers discussion. Participation in the discussion enhances an entrant’s prospects in the competition and provides the community and the judges an opportunity to understand the entrant’s project more completely.

There are four main stages in the competition:

  • Entry stage, August 18 – November 3, 2010: Entries can be submitted until 5PM EDT on November 3, 2010, and throughout this stage anyone can participate in an online review discussion with the entrants.
    • EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE, September 29, 2010: Entries received by 5pm EDT on September 29, 2010 will be considered for the Early Entry prize.
    • ENTRY DEADLINE: November 3, 2010

  • Evaluation stage I, November 3 – December 7, 2010: Online review and discussion continues. An internal team of experts will review all entries for their ability to demonstrate innovation, social impact, and sustainability, and will select the best 15-20 entries to be semi-finalists.
    • SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED, December 8, 2010

  • Voting stage, December 8, 2010 – January 12, 2011: The Changemakers community votes online to select the best 8-10 finalists from the field of semi-finalists.
    • FINALISTS ANNOUNCED, January 19, 2011

  • Evaluation Stage II, January 19, 2011 - February 15, 2011: Judges will review finalists and select three winners that best exemplify the competition assessment criteria. The Changemakers competition winners - the finalist individuals or organizations selected by the judges - will each receive a cash prize of US $50,000.
  • WINNERS ANNOUNCED, February 16, 2011

Early Entry Prize

Early entries, received by September 29, will be eligible to win a cash prize of US $1,000. Being an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude you from winning the competition in any way, or guarantee finalist status. All entries will be equally evaluated per the Changemakers criteria at the completion of the entry period.

Winners’ Prizes

Three winners, as selected by the judges to best exemplify the competition assessment criteria from the pool of finalists, will each receive a cash prize of US $50,000.

Participation in the competition provides the opportunity to receive feedback on your solution from fellow entrants, Changemakers staff, judges, and the Changemakers community. Showcasing your solution and the challenges involved in creating social impact advises potential investors about how best to improve funding/investing patterns for the sector and to maximize the strategic impact and effectiveness of their future investments.

Disclaimer - Compliance with Legal Restrictions

Ashoka complies fully with all U.S. laws and regulations, including Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations, export control, and anti-money laundering laws. All grants will be awarded subject to compliance with such laws. Ashoka will not make any grant if it finds that to do so would be unlawful. This may prohibit awards in certain countries and/or to certain individuals or entities. All recipients will comply with these laws to the extent they are applicable to such recipients. No recipient will take any action that would cause Ashoka to violate any laws. Additionally, Ashoka will not make any grant to a company involved in the promotion of tobacco use.

Judges Panel

Amrita Patel

Chairman, National Dairy Development Board

Elinor Ostrom

Distinguished Professor, Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science , Indiana University, Bloomington

Hernando de Soto

President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy

Matt Bannick

Managing Partner, Omidyar Network

Matthew Bishop

US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist

Tim Hanstad

President and CEO, Rural Development Institute

Valeria Budinich

Chief Entrepreneur (Judging Panel Facilitator), Ashoka