Welcome to our place

place brings you exclusive reportage produced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation along with the very best analysis, comment, photographs and video from experts and organisations working around the globe.

The big picture

Land and property rights are not just about the developing world.

They protect the roads you use, the water you drink, the vegetable garden you just planted, the lovely flat you worked so hard to buy.

But imagine if your birth was not recorded? Do you exist officially at all? And if your property or land was not registered, how do you prove it really does belong to you?

PLACE 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.

However place will not just show you what is going wrong in the world.

We also want to tell you about the exciting and courageous projects unfolding worldwide to help solve this pressing issue.

property. land. access. connections. empowerment.

This is place

A global team

The Foundation’s team of high energy journalists and freelancers are placed strategically around the world to find you the stories mainstream media often overlook.

Our goal is simple: we want to spark a global conversation to show that when land and property rights are denied, social stability, economic prosperity – and even peace – are at risk.

Property rights are human rights.

A place for everyone

Our name explains our stories and our mission.

Property features urban reportage – from shantytowns and slums to the pressures of development, forced eviction and mass displacement.


Land focuses on rural areas, the countryside, on agriculture and the extraction of resources, from mining to logging.


Access explores the battle to retain land, from squatting rights and individual tenure to freeholds and the larger community battles to secure or return to ancestral lands.


Connections shed light on tenure rights, on public and private documentation and how communities – and individuals – campaign for or harness their rights.


Empowerment brings you the good news, the success stories, the projects that are contributing to resolving this complex global issue.

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