Prindex, the Global Property Rights Index, is a collaborative initiative between Global Land Alliance and the Overseas Development Institute to develop and roll out the first global measurement of peoples’ perceptions of their property rights. Prindex is establishing a global and national-level baseline of perceptions of land tenure security. This baseline will provide the grounding for a global conversation and movement around securing the property rights of billions who currently lack them.

Around the world, insecure property rights prevent families from feeling confident about the future, businesses from investing, and communities from becoming more productive. Hundreds of millions of us lack property security. This makes the world poorer, less free, and less just. There is a growing recognition of the need for change, but without accurate information, governments, business and civil society can’t understand the nature of the challenge or how to overcome it. Prindex will provide that information, and make possible the changes that will bring about more secure, productive and dignified societies.


“Prindex’s data is so important

because it gives us a credible,

evidence-based tool to engage with policy makers, and push

land tenure security up the agenda”

-Dr Ibrahima Ka, Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rural (IPAR), Senegal


Our growing global dataset will measure perceptions of property security in more than 100 countries, acounting for an estimated 95 percent of the world’s population by the end of 2019. 

We survey perceptions of a representative sample of citizens, not only heads of household, to ensure the voices of women and young people are heard in the development and land rights conversation.


What is PRindex?

Prindex stands for the Global Property Rights Index, an indicator of citizens' perception of the security of property rights. The Prindex database is open. The dataset is intended to monitor and encourage good governance of property rights. Data on perceptions of security of property rights are required to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries.


Why does Prindex matter for development?

Property rights are a cornerstone of economic development and social justice. Perceptions of security of tenure have never been collected at the global level, preventing a clear understanding of the magnitude and nature of citizens' experience of security and insecurity. Prindex addresses this gap, creating a baseline global dataset to support the achievement of secure property rights around the world.


Who is involved?

Prindex is a collaboration being implemented by Global Land Alliance and the Overseas Development Institute, and an initiative of the Omidyar Network and the UK Department for International Development (DfID), in association with Gallup and other partners. A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of research experts in property rights is providing guidance on the design and methodology of surveys and analysis of data.

Fundamental Right, Insufficient Data:  Secure property rights are fundamental to a host of food security, governance, financial inclusion, climate change, and health outcomes. Despite the importance of property rights, we don’t actually know how many people feel they lack secure, equitable access to land and housing and where these problems are concentrated. Nor do we have a global measure of tenure insecurity, despite the fact that SDG indicator 1.4.2 must track this.

Prindex Global Scale-Up:  Prindex will provide governments, businesses, and civil society with a global baseline, measured every 2-3 years, to evaluate domestic and global levels of land tenure security. These data provide a basis for developing policies, programs, and business models to provide secure property rights to billions of people, and to track the effectiveness of these policies and programs. Prindex can also play a role in measuring the place of SDG land indicator 1.4.2 by providing data on perceptions of tenure security.

An initial phase of development of the index and testing its application was carried out in ten countries during 2016 and 2017. After the development phase, the index was globalized collections in 2018. In 2019, with data added to the Gallup World Poll, Prindex is being expanded to a total of 140 countries worldwide.