Adoption of blockchain technology for land governance in Malaysia and Nigeria: Testing blockchain protocol

Project: Research

Project Details


This project is an interdisciplinary collaboration with Hertfordshire Law School research on the challenge of adopting blockchain for land governance in Nigeria. This project aims to develop a blockchain protocol based on an open-source protocol, tailoring it to the requirements of the Lagos state jurisdiction, considering privacy, the precise nature of the transaction, the culture of land transactions and other requirements that will be drawn out during the design meetings with the client.
The project aimms to
1. Develop and trial a blockchain protocol for the private sale of property (dwelling and commercial).
2. Gather results and explore the application of blockchain in the land governance sector in upstream transactions like registration and titling.

Layman's description

The President-Elect of Nigeria has publicly named blockchain as a technology for use in the delivery of public services for the benefits it could potentially bring, in decentralisation and transparency. Other countries too are exploring the use of blockchain in public sector service delivery, including the EU, which announced its European Blockchain Services Infrastructure in 2021, and announced a regulatory sandbox for blockchain in February 2023, to do small scale pilots in a controlled regulatory environment. In Nigeria, the ICT ministry adopted its Blockchain adoption strategy in 2020. This project aims to develop an early adopter advantage by partnering with solicitors’ firms in Lagos to trial a model of a blockchain for their property transactions.

Key findings
Short titleBlockchain for Land Administration
Effective start/end date3/04/23 → 31/07/23


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