Mission: To spark a global conversation around the negative consequences that result when people are denied land and property rights.
Background: In 2016, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the London-based charitable arm of global news and information network Thomson Reuters, launched Place (Property, Land, Access, Connections, Empowerment), an online news portal that explores the complex social, economic, and political effects of inadequate land rights — from environmental sustainability and food insecurity to the potential for conflict and war — with the goal of making the subject accessible to a broader audience. The site leverages the efforts of the first global news team dedicated to the coverage of land and property rights and features original articles, analysis, and opinion pieces.
Outstanding Web Features: The site features the reporting and analysis of Thomson Reuters Foundation journalists and videographers covering land and property rights issues in Africa, the Asia Pacific region, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. Issues addressed on a regular basis include the denial of land rights and its consequences, government corruption, land appropriation actions, food security and human rights abuses, property rights, water rights, land reform, and housing and homelessness. Visitors can sort news by topic (e.g., Industry, Property, Women); check out videos or photo slideshows; read stories submitted by activists on the frontlines; browse a list of resources; and/or join the Place community.