Swedish long-form news site Blankspot explores the history of land rights in Liberia, what the 2018 Land Rights Act meant for the country, and how Landesa staff used Talking Books to spread legal literacy in remote communities.
Front Page Africa reported on a panel discussion about legal gaps in Liberia's land rights laws that harm women's rights to land, featuring remarks from Landesa Land and Gender Specialist Izatta Nagbe.
Last September, Liberia passed the long-awaited Land Rights Act, extending land rights to millions of rural Liberians for the first time. Hailed as one of the “most progressive” land reform laws on the African Continent, the Act helps strengthen women's and rural communities' voice, bargaining power, and sense of security through legal land rights. Now, the important work of spreading awareness of the new law to all Liberians begins. Landesa, along with community partners, is working to conduct land rights trainings across the country. Rita and Lorpu, two women from different counties, share how they learned about and plan to... read more →
By Tyler Roush In a watershed moment for land rights in Liberia and across Africa, President George Weah on Sept. 19 signed into law a land reform bill that extends land rights to millions of rural Liberians. The Land Rights Act ensures, for the first time, that the land rights of rural Liberians are recognized, protected, and guaranteed by law – an essential ingredient for these communities to achieve secure land rights. Under the previous land tenure system, as much as 80 percent of Liberians lived without legally recognized rights to land. The Act includes stronger protections for women’s land... read more →