Who we are

Millions of families with
more secure land rights

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SECURING LAND RIGHTS FOR THE WORLD’S POOREST PEOPLE

MISSION

Landesa champions and works to secure land rights for millions of the world’s poorest, mostly rural women and men to provide opportunity and promote social justice.

VISION

We envision a world free of poverty. We are committed to a future in which all women and men who depend on land for their livelihoods have secure, legal land rights – one of the most powerful tools for lifting oneself, one’s family
and one’s community out of poverty.

WHY LAND RIGHTS MATTER

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.

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

OUR APPROACH

Landesa works at scale to create opportunities for the world’s poorest to lift themselves out of poverty. We do this by working side by side with governments and other organizations to strengthen land rights for the landless poor – those 400 million women and 250 million men who lack either access to land or a secure stake in the land they farm.

Our process includes:

  • Initial assessments to identify existing laws, policies and cultural conditions
  • Collaborating with public officials to adopt pro-poor land policies
  • Assisting in the implementation of new laws to benefit landless women and men
  • Monitoring and evaluating impact

We are committed to achieving these outcomes through systemic change and an emphasis on gender equality.


SELECTED GLOBAL AWARDS

  • 2015 Hilton Humanitarian Prize
  • 2014 Ranked #14, Top 100 Best NGOs in the World, The Global Journal
  • 2013 Ranked #1 Human Rights NGO in the World, The Global Journal
  • 2012 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Skoll Foundation
  • 2011 Global Hero Award, Global Washington
  • 2006 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, Henry R. Kravis Institute in Leadership and Claremont McKenna College

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