Peter Rabley
Venture Partner

The Great Land Rush: Financial Times Series Shines Light on a Hidden Crisis

March 15, 2016

A new series published by the Financial Times (FT) highlights the challenge of protecting land and property rights in some of the fastest changing countries around the world. The series – reported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting with support from Omidyar Network - looks in detail at Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Myanmar as they emerge from previous crises to a reshaped world. The three countries have followed very different paths to development and each has deep challenges related to the ownership and occupation of land.

As the FT puts it: “A global race has begun for one of the world’s most precious resources – land. Across continents, big investors are pouring in billions. They promise progress. But their arrival can upend livelihoods - and spark life-and-death struggles.”

The series was reported by journalists recruited by the Pulitzer Center, who then worked with editors, designers, and publishers at the FT to bring the series to publication.

Omidyar Network provided funding and support, and we hope to learn from this model of collaboration as we explore how to maintain quality journalism while focusing on the issues we care about. Supporting independent media is a critical part of our strategy to raise awareness about some of the underreported issues we work on.

This collaboration between the Pulitzer Center and Omidyar Network has shown that new ways of working can produce high quality stories with real impact.

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