For millions of people worldwide, land is a fundamental asset and source of income, livelihoods, social status, dignity, and opportunity. Secure land rights provide the foundation to improve lives and create pathways out of poverty – for women, men, families, and whole communities.
Landesa’s work strengthening land rights for rural people has taken us around the world.
Scroll through the map to learn more about a few of the places where we’ve worked in the past year.
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:
received documented land rights through government programs supported by Landesa in the past year
In the past year, Landesa contributed to land-related training and legal literacy programs that reached
In the past year, Landesa contributed to policy changes in India and Myanmar that could strengthen land rights for an estimated
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.
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.
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.
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.