Landesa's newsletter: Plotlines
A New Chapter for Landesa CEO

Tim Hanstad, Landesa President and CEO for nearly ten years, is moving into a new leadership role in the organization. He will dedicate more of his time to leading Landesa's country-level programs, being a global ambassador for land rights, and helping mentor the next generation of land rights experts.
Read more in his blog >>

Building a Global Network of Women's Land Rights Experts

The Landesa Center for Women's Land Rights (LCWLR) is pleased to announce the launch of this year's Women's Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program. The program seeks to cultivate a network of leaders committed to furthering women's land rights in their own countries and across the globe.

This year we have nine visiting professionals from China, India, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. These women and men hold positions ranging from government officials to grassroots community organizers to large-scale NGO leaders.

The program includes a six-week intensive training course in Seattle from September 8 through October 17, followed by continued mentorship and collaboration. The program is supported by the Ford Foundation and the visiting professionals from China are sponsored by the River Star Foundation.
Learn more about the program >>

LCWLR Partners with the Millennium Challenge Corporation

In this new report, the Landesa Center for Women's Land Rights examines four Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) projects in Benin, Lesotho, Mali, and Namibia to understand how each project applied gender to its design and implementation as well as how that approach impacted results. 

This report, which was completed at the request of MCC, aims to help practitioners understand what concrete steps might be taken towards closing the gender gap in land projects.

New Resources from Focus on Land in Africa (FOLA)

FOLA is an on-line educational resource about land rights and development in Africa. Highlights of new and noteworthy content from FOLA this month include:
  • Land of Books | An on-line bookstore offering published works about land and natural resource rights in Africa, women's rights, and African history in addition to videos and fiction by African authors.
  • Opinion | How a sugarcane company in Tanzania exemplifies a good business model for land acquisitions
  • Slideshow & Brief | The impact of land rights restrictions in Rwanda on agriculture, smallholders, and climate resilience
  • Slideshow & Brief | The connection between food security, nutrition, and land rights

Trust Women Conference Features Landesa and Land Rights

Landesa is partnering with the Thomson Reuters Foundation for their Trust Women conference, focused this year on women's land rights among other issues.

Landesa's support of the conference presents an opportunity to further elevate the issue of women's land rights as a way for governments, businesses, and the social sector to reduce poverty and hunger and empower women worldwide. The conference is scheduled for November 17-19 in London.
Learn more about the conference >>

September 8, 2014


Landesa in the News


ONE Campaign posted a photo essay by Landesa about five girls who made the brave choice to say no to child marriage in West Bengal, India with support from Landesa's Girls Project.

ONE Campaign posted a blog by Landesa founder Roy Prosterman about ten lessons he has learned during his career working to improve land rights over the last half a century.

The Daily Beast quoted Landesa China Country Director Gao Yu in an article on handling the increase in mass urbanization.

Food Tank
Food Tank referenced Landesa's findings that secure land rights for women leads to improved health, education, and income in an article on investing in women in agriculture.

Land Portal shared Landesa Africa Director Jen Duncan's blog about the importance of securing land rights for women in Rwanda.

The Economic and Political Weekly ran an article by Landesa Senior Advisor Govind Kelkar on women's inheritance and land rights.

IPS News wrote about Landesa's work with the Bonda tribe in Odisha. posted an article about the importance of legal aid to women farmers and mentions Landesa's work in Andhra Pradesh.

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