USAID’s Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) is a collaborative, participatory approach that builds sustainable local capacity to efficiently map resource rights and secure land tenure. The approach is inclusive and promotes participation and leadership of women and other marginalized groups in project activities. It is technology-agnostic; the approach can be combined with many types of mobile tools, including USAID’s open-source MAST application.
USAID’s MAST approach utilizes a suite of innovative tools such as mobile and web-based applications that are designed to capture land and resource rights information. This innovative approach engages and trains citizens to effectively capture, document land and rights information. The MAST approach is flexible and utilizes mobile applications to capture a variety of information about land occupancy and uses, while data management tools are used to provide the facility to ingest and manage data that is captured in the field. The MAST approach is citizen centric and flexible and helps users visualize, analyse, process, manage and make better decisions concerning their land and resources. This makes USAID’s MAST approach a powerful framework that can be adapted to a variety of contexts to empower citizens in the process of understanding, mapping, and documenting their land and resource information.