Code club Senegal, where women are leading the way

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Buying land to build on in Senegal can be a nightmare. There are plenty of empty-looking plots in desirable areas, but woe betide the novice buyer.

Scams abound, and any one plot might have five “owners” – each of whom has paid and thinks it is all theirs. “Not for sale” is scrawled on walls across the country as a rudimentary prevention tactic.

Soon, though, buyers will have an easier way of telling what is really for sale, as four young coders have created an app that should thwart the scammers.

The “women in charge”, as Sigeste’s creators call themselves, are uploading digitised title deeds from the local authority, so that when you look at a map of your area on their app, you can see which bits of land are owned and which are still available. Read the full article in The Guardian here: