Landesa's newsletter: Plotlines
Maasai elders vow to protect and support rights of women and girls       

Dozens Maasai elders in the Kenyan highlands - who serve as symbols and enforcers of their community's conservative cultural traditions - have vowed to uphold an entirely new tradition: equal rights for women and girls. Read the full story

Elisa Scalise presents at the G(irls)20 Summit

Last month, the Director of Landesa's Center for Women's Land Rights, Elisa Scalise, was asked to speak at a panel at the G(irls)20 Summit in Mexico just before the G20 Summit. Scalise spoke about the crucial role of women's land rights. She advocated for better awareness among policymakers and women themselves. Read Elisa's address to the G(irls)20 delegates 

Evariste's Story: What does a land title have to do with carpentry?

A simple land title helped Evariste Hagumimana expand his carpentry business, boost the harvest from his farm, and provide electricity in his home to care for his five children. 
View a slideshow of Evariste's story


Landesa spotlights land tenure security issues to audiences in Hong Kong  




Gao Yu, Landesa's China Country Director, presented to an audience of investors, bankers, government policy advisers and reporters in Hong Kong last month about the importance of ensuring land tenure security for farmers in mainland China. Gao referenced Landesa's survey of rural China to explain how a lack of supporting institutions, inadequate land laws, and uneven implementation of those laws need to be addressed to protect farmers' legal rights to the land they till, and set the stage for more sustainable rural development and security. The event was sponsored by the Asia Society in Hong Kong which has been a strong supporter of Landesa's work.  

Watch the full program on the Asia Society website 


JUNE 2012 Issue
Landesa's monthly newsletter featuring program highlights, latest resources, and news.

Landesa in the News

The New York Times publishes an editorial by Landesa founder Roy Prosterman, and Landesa senior land tenure attorney Darryl Vhugen, about the opportunity Myanmar has to improve its invisible infrastructure: land and property rights.

Forbes interviews Sally Osberg, CEO of Skoll Foundation. Osberg cites Landesa as an example of their strategy for social change.

ONE Campaign posts a blog by Deborah Espinosa about Maasai elders in Kenya adopting a new constitution to protect women's land rights. posts a blog by Darryl Vhugen on how land rights are turning the world's rural poor into conservationists.

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