Landesa's newsletter: Plotlines

Meet the New Director of the Landesa Center for Women's Land Rights 

Tzili Mor, a legal expert with more than 15 years of experience in international, regional, and national-level advocacy on women's rights will serve as the new Director of the Landesa Center for Women's Land Rights. Mor, who has a J.D., M.S., and LL.M. from Georgetown University focused on international law and development, will begin her new role in August. 

She joins Landesa at a time of unprecedented global support for women's land rights. Mor will lead a team of land tenure and gender experts around the world who are working on innovative and impactful projects from India to Rwanda.

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Hundreds of Single Landless Women Receive Title to Lands in Odisha

More than 200 formerly landless women now have secure rights to land and an opportunity to climb out of poverty thanks to a partnership between the state government of Odisha and Landesa.

There are an estimated 500,000 single, rural, landless women in Odisha. Landesa's efforts to address this challenge in Odisha include Womens Support Centers. These centers empower women with secure rights to land and link them with government services that can help them make the most of their land and build a better future for themselves and their children.

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Video: Ending Extreme Poverty 

The San Francisco private social club and philanthropy engine Battery Powered, a vibrant Bay Area hub for interaction, inspiration, and innovative giving, is releasing a video today that features Landesa and highlights the role of land rights in the effort to eliminate extreme poverty around the world.

The 7-minute video features interviews with Landesa CEO Tim Hanstad, Land Tenure Specialist Melany Grout, and a host of other leading voices in the global effort to end poverty. Battery Powered is dedicated to finding and funding people and organizations on the front lines of the world's most stubborn and serious challenges.


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Supporting Socially Responsible Investments in Tanzania

Landesa's Responsible Investments in Property and Land (RIPL) project has selected Tanzania as its first focus country for the development of "Playbooks" to support equitable and socially responsible land-related investments. The Playbooks will serve as "how-to" guides for investors, governments, and communities engaged in land acquisition and commodity procurement. The Playbooks will help all parties -- communities, government, and investors alike -- better understand and follow international best practices, such as the Voluntary Guidelines and African Union Guiding Principles.

Seventy-five percent of Tanzanians live in rural areas, and most rely on the land for their livelihood. Large scale investments are both an opportunity and a threat to these communities. The Playbooks under development aim to ensure that the land rights of these rural communities are protected. The project will be grounded in Tanzania's unique cultural, governance, and investment context, and will be gender-sensitive. This first set of three Playbooks, each tailored to one key audience (government, investors, and communities) will serve as a starting point for similar customized guides across the globe.
June 2015


Landesa in the News


Take Part mentioned research by the Landesa Center for Women's Land Rights in an article on the global benefits of strengthening land rights for women.
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