Securing land rights for the world’s poorest people


Landesa works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people– those 2.47 billion* chiefly rural people who live on less than two dollars a day.  Landesa partners with developing country governments to design and implement laws, policies, and programs concerning land that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice.


We envision a world free of poverty.  We see a future in which all who depend on land for their well-being have secure land rights – one of the most basic, powerful resources for lifting oneself and one’s family out of poverty.


Three-quarters of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas where land is a key asset.

Of those people, more than a billion lack legal rights over the land they use to survive, causing entrenched poverty cycles to persist over generations.

Efforts to help one landless family at a time are important. But Landesa works to advance durable land rights to bring transformational changes on a large scale. Secure land rights help create stable foundation for other important development work – like literacy, clean water, and nutrition – to take hold for generations.

>> View our infographic explaining why land rights matter


Landesa works with governments and other local organizations to create tailored approaches to expand land rights to the rural poor. Our work is by invitation, and ranges from short-term assignments to long-term engagements, and involves activities including:

  • initial assessments to identify existing laws, policies and cultural conditions
  • collaborating with public officials to adopt pro land policies
  • assisting in implementation of new laws to benefit landless families
  • monitoring and evaluating impact
For examples of how this approach has come to life in China, India, and Uganda, view our infographic of how we work on specific projects.

Read more about Securing Land Rights, our Consulting Services, our Partners, and our Success Stories.

* World Bank, 2012 World Development Indicators 71-72 (2012) (based on 2008 data).