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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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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10 ways donors can support African governments on rural land rights

This blog was originally published by Devex.com on November 18 as part of their ongoing Land Matters series. News of soaring demand for land in Africa and the strain this places on rural men and women is not new. Nor is it …
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How land rights for women could help fight climate change

This editorial originally appeared in the Global Post on November 18.  Climate change is not gender-neutral. Women in the developing world are often responsible for household food security, agricultural work, and water and fuel harvesting, which are all impacted by …
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How information empowers girls against child marriage

By Amit Kumar Ghosh, Landesa District Project Coordinator This post originally appeared on GirlsNotBrides.org on Wednesday 12th Nov 2014. More than 40,000 girls are taking part in an innovating project to curb child marriage in West Bengal, India The program teaches girls …
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Keeping girls in school and reducing vulnerability to child marriage

This post was originally published by the International Examiner on November 6, 2014. In the last year, girls living in the village of Hatabul Kasaldanga Chandamari in rural West Bengal, India have learned three important numbers: 1098—the number for the …
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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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Anisa Draboo

Why the Modi government must work on land reform before land acquisition

This article originally appeared in Scroll.in. India’s economy has already crossed $2 trillion and is growing annually at around 6%. But these figures cannot hide the fact that 69% of the population is rural, and 70% of this, or nearly …
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Reem Gaafar

Fighting for Her Farm and Her Daughters

To view this photo essay slideshow, click the photo thumbnails below the main photo. Photos courtesy of Deborah Espinosa

Tim Hanstad

Not Your Land: How the Development Community Evicted the Poor

This article originally appeared in Foreign Affairs. The World Bank recently acknowledged a troubling fact: While working to rid the world of poverty through projects that required moving millions of people, such as dam construction, urban renewal, and rural development, …
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