A New Chapter

During my 27 years at Landesa, including the last ten as CEO and President, I’ve had the privilege of seeing both Landesa and the issue of land rights grow in prominence. A quarter century ago, few people were talking about …
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10 Lessons Learned on the Impact of Secure Land Rights

Got land rights? If you live in North America or Europe, the answer is probably: yes. If you live in the developing world, the answer is more likely: no. Your answer to this simple question largely determines your ability to …
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Secure Land Rights for Rwanda’s Women are Critical for Families and the Nation

A recent report from Rwanda’s Department of Land and Mapping found that women, either individually or jointly, own most of the registered plots of land in the capital, Kigali. The Deputy Registrar of Land, Grace Nishimwe, was quoted by local …
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Who Gets to Eat the Fish’s Head?

Anuradha Bandyopadhyay was a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the Girls Project in Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India for Landesa. Last month, while traveling in the field interviewing girls participating in the project, Anuradha was killed in a road accident. …
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New Infographic Illustrates the Global Impact of Land Rights

Secure land rights are a foundation that allows other development efforts to take root. Landesa created an interactive infographic mapping how secure land rights around the world have helped millions of women and men find a path out of poverty. …
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Four Proven Innovations to Provide Secure Land Rights

The following blog is taken from the remarks of Landesa Founder Roy Prosterman made today before the European Parliament’s High-Level Conference on Property Rights: The Missing Key to Eradicating Poverty. When we are dealing with complicated, stubborn and large-scale problems, …
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Commentary Series, Part IX: Forest Tenure Security for Long Term Security against Deforestation

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and Poverty Conference taking place in Washington, …
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Commentary Series, Part VIII: Satellite Technology and Innovation Can be Used to Secure Land and Property Rights

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and Poverty Conference taking place in Washington, …
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Commentary Series, Part VII: The Case for Land Rights

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and Poverty Conference taking place in Washington, …
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Commentary Series, Part VI: Securing Land Rights Amidst a Rising Demand for Land in Africa

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and Poverty Conference taking place in Washington, …
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Ruma Chatterjee

Women Help Girls in India with Land Rights Education

Swapna Dey has dozens of daughters. They come to see her every Sunday afternoon. “The girls share everything with me,” Dey said, an energetic and petite middle-aged woman with an infectious smile. “Especially, they share the problems they face. I am …
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Tim Hanstad

Land Rights for Women Mean Progress for Communities

This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post on November 24, 2014. If we want to empower rural women in the developing world, there is no better first step than providing them with secure rights to land. The reason is …
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Tim Hanstad

Depriving women farmers of land rights will set back China

This article was first published by the South China Morning Post on November 3, 2014. China is launching what is perhaps the most ambitious land registration system in history, seeking to document and protect property rights to more than one …
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