Transparency of land administration and the role of blockchain technology, a four-dimensional framework analysis from the ghanaian land perspective

Prince Donkor Ameyaw, Walter Timo de Vries

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number491
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalLand
Volume9
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Blockchain technology
  • Ghana
  • Land administration
  • Land development
  • Land tenure
  • Land use planning
  • Land valuation

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