Women in Tanzania set for equal land rights – let’s make sure it happens

By Jen Duncan and Scholastica Haule This post first appeared in the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog on October 15, 2014. In a milestone for Tanzania, the country’s proposed new constitution provides women with equal rights to own and use land. …
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We need to redefine ambition

This post was originally produced for the Skoll World Forum blog on October 13, 2014. When I announced a few weeks ago that, after 10 years as president and CEO of Landesa, I would be stepping down and transitioning into a …
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5 girls who said NO to child marriage in West Bengal

This photo essay originally appeared on ONE.org. The Girls Project, a partnership between the government of West Bengal and Landesa, aims to keep girls in school and reduce their vulnerability to child marriage. More than 40,000 girls are currently participating in …
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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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Tim Hanstad

Securing Land Rights Must be Key in UN Development Talks

This post was originally published by the Financial Times’ This is Africa Online. In the week of 20 January, UN member states will begin the next phase of critically important negotiations on a new global framework for sustainable development to …
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Roy Prosterman

Cost-Effective Methods for Strengthening Land Rights in Africa

This post originally appeared on focusonland.com and allafrica.com. A growing population, changing weather patterns, and increased global demand for farmland affect the lives of people throughout Africa and make the security of their land rights more important than ever. The governments …
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Tim Hanstad

The coming African miracle

This post originally appeared on the Devex blog on December 19, 2014 Can the Asian economic miracle be replicated in Africa? This question has been brought to the fore by the remarkable recent book “How Asia Works” by Joe Studwell, …
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