Project Description

Land Tenure and Property Rights Massive Open Online Course

Period of Performance: January 2015 – May 2018

The Cloudburst Group launched and managed USAID’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Land Tenure and Property Rights in 2015. The course has become a signature training for the agency with a second course offered in 2016 and a third planned for early 2018. Over two years, the course has trained 3,567 registrants and distributed 476 certificates. The MOOC was featured in the United States first National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct in 2016 and when compared to in-person trainings has saved the client over $3,000 per certificate awarded.

The course was based around land rights and resources, and their position at the center of our most pressing development issues: poverty reduction, food security, conflict, urbanization, gender equality, climate change, and resilience. Secure Land Tenure and Property Rights (LTPR) create incentives for investment, broad-based economic growth, and good stewardship of natural resources. Insecure property rights and weak land governance systems often provoke conflict and instability, which can trap communities, countries, and entire regions in a cycle of poverty.

Year after year, the course examined the issues, theories, evidence, and best practices around land tenure, property rights, and international development programming. This course features interactive discussions, lectures, and case studies from a wide variety of experts in the field.