For the one billion people around the world who live without secure rights to the land they depend on, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The keys to stronger land rights are as varied as the geographies themselves.

No one knows this better than Landesa. We work with governments and civil society to change laws and policies, and to overcome persistent social barriers to strengthen land rights. From the rubber farms in Liberia to the paddy fields in Myanmar and China, Landesa’s programs are securing futures for families who depend on land to survive.

Every context requires a localized approach, and Landesa has established offices around the globe with local staff and partners rooted in their communities, buoyed by Landesa’s fifty years of experience, research, and knowledge.

This year alone, across three continents, we have strengthened the land rights for 76 million people.

We realize that partnering with local groups and governments is not enough. We are also advocating at the UN and working with companies to include land rights in their agendas. And importantly, Landesa is helping to launch a global campaign to close the gap between policy and practice – a gap that prevents women around the world from realizing their legal rights to own land.

This is only possible because we have dedicated partners, donors, staff, volunteers, and friends who believe when people have rights to the land they depend on to survive, powerful things happen: families benefit, communities thrive, and individuals have the opportunity to invest in their futures.

Thank you for your partnership in this important work.


Chris Jochnick
President & CEO

Our Global Reach

Scroll through the map to learn more about a few of the places where we’ve worked in the past year.

Focus on Gender

Through our decades of work in more than 50 countries, Landesa has learned that women and men often use land differently, and experience different barriers and benefits when it comes to secure land rights. Research shows that strengthening women’s rights to land and productive assets has powerful continued ripple effects, including:

Better nutrition and food security for families
Educational gains for children
Improved access to markets and public spaces
Improved family health
Stronger voice and decision-making opportunities within households

The Audacity of Opportunity

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 67,477
  • 489,900
  • 76,000,000

Financials

*Accounting principles generally accepted in the United States require Landesa to recognize the full amount of unconditional multi-year grants in the year in which they are awarded. Expenses, however, are recorded in the year they are incurred. In FY 2018, expenses exceeded new grant awards, resulting in the deficit reported here.

After working together for over a decade, I am more convinced of the need for an organization like Landesa. It’s rare for an organization to work at the issue of property rights from both the top down and the bottom up, and that’s exactly what Landesa does, partnering with governments, foreign aid agencies, and local legal resources to directly help marginalized populations in developing countries to help secure their property rights. The more than $20 million USD Omidyar Network has granted to Landesa continues to be a rewarding investment in helping the world’s rural poor achieve greater security, stability, and wealth through property rights.

Peter Rabley, Landesa board member and Venture Partner at Omidyar Network

Our Supporters

Thank you to all of the individual donors, foundations, corporations, and partners who made contributions in Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018). Your support makes our work possible.

*Gardeners for Growth monthly donor
Over $1 Million
  • Ford Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Google Foundation
  • IKEA Foundation
  • King Philanthropies
  • NoVo Foundation
  • Omidyar Network
  • River Star Foundation
$100,000 – $999,999
  • David and Araceli Barclay
  • Chandler Foundation
  • Lucille Foundation
  • Saroj and Sreedhar Menon Family Foundation
  • Moccasin Lake Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Ronald B. Rankin
  • Stewardship Foundation
  • Swedish Postcode Foundation
  • David Weekley Family Foundation
  • Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
$25,000 – $99,999
  • Anonymous (1)
  • The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
  • Matt and Ann Nimetz
  • Doug and Emilie Ogden/The North Ridge Foundation
  • PACCAR Inc
  • Propel Capital
  • Jill and Bill Ruckelshaus
  • Darshana Shanbhag and Dilip Wagle
$10,000 – $24,999
  • Anonymous (2)
  • Catherine Bertini Trust Fund for Girls' Education
  • Brad Fresia
  • Laura Lee Grace
  • Lenore Hanauer Foundation
  • Kiran and Vikesh Mahendroo
  • *George and Beverly Martin
  • Sally and Bill Neukom
  • Lawrence Wilkinson

It has been my privilege to work for FORTY years to help spread the democratic land tenure laws formulated by Dr. Roy Prosterman to developing countries.
From its inception as The Rural Development Institute (RDI), up to its brilliant present-day incarnation as Landesa, Roy’s ideas, leadership and tireless hard work have resulted in the NGO which today is ranked ninth in the world in its effectiveness.
It is very rare to find a cause so completely worthy and exciting as Landesa has been for me and for others.

Laura Lee Grace, former board member and Landesa donor for four decades
$5,000 – $9,999
  • Jim Cardillo and Patricia Kern-Cardillo
  • Maren Christensen
  • Clif Bar Family Foundation
  • Karen and Michael Herman
  • Janet W. Ketcham
  • Sara and Andrew Litt
  • Rosemarie Havranek and Nathan Myhrvold
  • Margaret Niles and Stephen Garratt
  • Kathleen Pierce (in memory of Douglas P. Beighle)
  • Jennifer Potter and John Winton
  • Deepak and Neera Raj
  • Suri and Mala Raman
  • Ann P. Wyckoff
$2,500 – $4,999
  • Mike and Lisa Anderson
  • Leslie Decker
  • Lisa Ellis
  • *Nancy and Earl Grout
  • Chris Jochnick and Paulina Garzón
  • Andrea Lairson and Bob Gomulkiewicz
  • Mina Titi Liu and Eric Rosenblum
  • Donna M. Moniz
  • Roy L. Prosterman
  • *Jeffrey M. Riedinger
  • Nelson and Amy Rockefeller
$1,000 – $2,499
  • Anonymous (2)
  • John Baldwin
  • Beverly Barnett
  • Arnold and Judith Bendich
  • Alison M. Bettles
  • Rangita de Silva de Alwis
  • Chris and Christine J. Drape
  • Jeremy Dwyer
  • Ellen Ferguson
  • Hadi Ghaemi
  • Christine Grumm
  • Doug Hanafin
  • Chitra and Tim Hanstad
  • Hayes Family Fund
  • Joan Hsiao and Jim Bromley
  • Randi Hedin
  • Susanne Keller and Alan Williams
  • Marty Krasney
  • Murli Buluswar and Ruchi Kumar
  • Li Ping
  • Posner-Wallace Foundation
  • *Julie and Paul Pottinger
  • Shanker and Supriya Ramamurthy
  • Ben Rohrbaugh
  • Mark Ruffo and Jared Baeten
  • Sarah E. Street
  • Maggie Walker
  • Marissa Wesely
  • Melinda Williams
$500 – $999
  • Anonymous (3)
  • Scott Andersen
  • Anne Anderson
  • Megan Bowman
  • Devin Bruckner
  • Bruce and Margrit Elliot
  • Barbara Fiorito
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  • Tracy Garland
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  • Larisa Hauser
  • Sam Herring
  • Michael Hirschhorn
  • Musimbi Kanyoro
  • Shirley and Ping Kiang
  • Andrew Langham
  • Carol Lewis and Tom Byers
  • Brendan Mangan
  • *Jordan Masao
  • Jill Walzer and Robert Mitchell
  • Drs. Donald and Pamela Mitchell
  • Deepti Mittal
  • Christian Murck
  • Eric Nelson
  • Donna L. Walzer and Peter Ormiston
  • Llewelyn Pritchard
  • Terry and Kathy Proctor
  • Judy and Don Robinson
  • Leonard and Christine Rolfes
  • Jolyne Sanjak
  • William Shaw
  • Sandra E. Taylor
  • Nate Wall
  • Kristen Weise
  • Lowell Weiss
  • Steven Wick

I support Landesa because they're making real sustainable change! I like to give monthly because I know that my consistency will help Landesa focus on their mission.

Jordan Masao
$250 – $499
  • Anonymous (4)
  • Alice K. Adams
  • Susan Albert
  • *Shamaprasad Bangalore
  • Judith Bevington
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  • *Erika Croxton and Sean Mulligan
  • Patricia Davis
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  • Maryellen Johnson
  • Kaplan Charitable Fund
  • Anna Knox
  • Amy Kosterlitz
  • Kelly Kowalski
  • Melissa and Charlie Malley
  • Gavin McFarland
  • Kippy Messett
  • *Mary Noble
  • Robin Pasquarella
  • Wanda Pedraza
  • Scott A. Peterson
  • Mila Rosenthal
  • David Rothschild and Serena Warner
  • Su-Zette Sparks
  • Stephen Walker
  • Nancy Ward
$100 – $249
  • Anonymous (1)
  • *Adesuwa Agbonile
  • Mito Alfieri
  • Anneal, Inc.
  • Bhawna Bhatia
  • Paul Bucciaglia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Jane Cox Clark
  • Lauren Cutright
  • Kristen Dailey
  • Barb Espejo
  • Sherry Fountain
  • Radha Friedman
  • Grow Further
  • Ruth Gerberding
  • Maria Giammona
  • Slade Gorton
  • *Jeff Gregory
  • Libby Hart
  • Ken Hastings
  • Ailey Hughes
  • Immanuel Presbyterian Church
  • C. Jambotkar
  • Peter Kelly
  • Kelly Sunrose Yoga
  • Whitney Keyes
  • Janet King
  • Pat Kozu
  • Connie Krause
  • Anne Lewis
  • Annie Liu
  • Ellen Marson and Chris McCall
  • *Judith M. Maurer
  • Debbie McCoy
  • Christopher Megargee
  • Dr. Monica Elias Mhoja
  • Lincoln Miller
  • Monica Moline
  • Georgina Murphy
  • Amolo N'gweno
  • *Peter Nichols
  • Michael Paisner
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  • Kenneth Scott
  • Mary Beth Seifert
  • Hilary Severin
  • Geeta Sood
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  • Ann Veneman
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  • Mark West
Up to $99
  • Anonymous (15)
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  • *George Daniels
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  • *Carlo Magnesi
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  • Jeff Martelli
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  • Miguel Martinez
  • Alec Masalaysay
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  • Jason Miller
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  • Phillip Oswald
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  • Beatriz Paulina P.
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  • Rahul Parmar
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  • Nate Peters
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  • Elizabeth Puello
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  • Kirk Raglin
  • Angela Randolph
  • Graham Redinger
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  • TJ Rogers
  • Gary Rogers
  • Lalit Kumar Sagar
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  • Diane Schmitt
  • Herman Schroeder
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  • Ann Sheridan
  • Frances Sherr-Davino
  • Daniel Shively
  • Wes Showalter
  • Mark Shutts
  • Peter Sloan
  • Gerald A. Smith
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  • Danny Sowell
  • *Maggie D. Sparkman-Kurdy
  • Splinter Splinter
  • Kelly Stellrecht and Justin Knabb
  • Jennifer Stewart
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  • Sonya Sutherland
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  • Sean Tartaglia
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