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UN blockchain tool plans to improve land registry in Afghanistan’s cities

The United Nations has released a blockchain-powered solution to help the Afghan government.

According to a Dec. 02 announcement, the U.N. Human Settlements Programme, or U.N.-Habitat, will present its latest digital land registry solution to the Ministry of Urban Development and Land in Afghanistan in December 2020.  

According to cointelegraph, The U.N. aims to help Afghanistan address major challenges in urban informal settlements, otherwise known as slums or shanty towns, such as land-grabbing, inefficient use of land, and insecure land tenure in informal settlements.

According to the U.N., more than 80% of properties in Afghan cities “are not registered with municipal or national land authorities, and occupants do not have formal ownership documents.”

Known as “‘goLandRegistry,” the new system is planned to record all property documents on a blockchain, as well as issue occupancy certificates. This will also allow property owners to independently demonstrate the authenticity of occupancy certificates using an open-source blockchain verification tool.

The tool is based on a hybrid blockchain platform run by European startup LTO Network. 

LTO’s CEO Rick Schmitz stated:

“By using Live Contracts, data can be automatically distributed to different stakeholders and systems to facilitate land-registry transfers, tax automations, provision of credit, etc.,”

Maurizio Gazzola, chief of strategic solutions at the U.N. Office of Information and Communications Technology said that the U.N. aims to provide its digital land registry solution to more countries: 

“The plug-and-play design of the LTO Network’s blockchain and the contribution of transaction tokens for the Afghanistan project enabled the development of the blockchain anchoring mechanisms and the Open-Source certificate of ownership verification tool that is now available to any country to utilize as a blockchain add-on to their existing land registry systems.”

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