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Transparency of Land Administration and the Role of Blockchain Technology, a Four-Dimensional Framework Analysis from the Ghanaian Land Perspective

Land Management and Land Tenure, Technische Universität München (TUM), 80333 München, Germany
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Land 2020, 9(12), 491; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9120491
Received: 6 November 2020 / Revised: 30 November 2020 / Accepted: 2 December 2020 / Published: 3 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Land, Innovation, and Social Good)
Existing studies on blockchain within land administration have focused mainly on replacing or complementing the technology for land registration and titling. This study explores the potential of using blockchain technology to enhance the transparency of all land administration processes using an integrative review methodology coupled with a framework analysis. This study draws on the Ghanaian land administration perspective to make this insightful. It appears possible to apply a permissionless public blockchain across all land administration processes. This integrates all departments, processes, and stakeholders of land administration to enhance openness, improve availability and accessibility to information, and foster participation for transparency simultaneously. This can change the transparency variation in land administration to be more equal and homogenous regardless of land type. This, however, depends on the standardization of processes across the divisions, as well as negotiation and consensus amongst all stakeholders, especially with chiefs. Limitations include: limited storage and scalability, as well as huge electricity consumption for operation. This study’s policy implications are a review of all paper-based land transactions, a comprehensive digitization of land administration processes, public–private partnership on blockchain-based land administration, and professionals and stakeholder education on the technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: land administration; blockchain technology; land tenure; land valuation; land use planning; land development; Ghana land administration; blockchain technology; land tenure; land valuation; land use planning; land development; Ghana
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Ameyaw, P.D.; de Vries, W.T. Transparency of Land Administration and the Role of Blockchain Technology, a Four-Dimensional Framework Analysis from the Ghanaian Land Perspective. Land 2020, 9, 491. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9120491

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Ameyaw PD, de Vries WT. Transparency of Land Administration and the Role of Blockchain Technology, a Four-Dimensional Framework Analysis from the Ghanaian Land Perspective. Land. 2020; 9(12):491. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9120491

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Ameyaw, Prince D., and Walter T. de Vries. 2020. "Transparency of Land Administration and the Role of Blockchain Technology, a Four-Dimensional Framework Analysis from the Ghanaian Land Perspective" Land 9, no. 12: 491. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9120491

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