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Diana Fletschner Sr. Director of Research, Monitoring & Evaluation

Why I am passionate about Landesa’s mission:

Working to strengthen women’s land rights around the world can be both overwhelming and empowering. Overwhelming because it makes it impossible to ignore the crippling hardships experienced by so many. Empowering because it offers a powerful and foundational avenue to overcome some of these challenges.


Diana Fletschner provides direction and leadership for Landesa’s global Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation efforts. Fletschner is a development economist with over 15 years of experience teaching, conducting research, designing programs and tools, and monitoring and evaluating interventions with a special focus on rural women. Fletschner and her team are currently involved in a broad range of projects on women’s access to and rights over land. She has done research and worked with NGOs in fourteen countries and is the author of “Rural Women’s Access to Capital: Intrahousehold Bargaining and Social Effects.”

Areas of Expertise:

  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Research methods
  • Legal and policy research
  • Land tenure policy
  • Women’s land rights
  • Policy advocacy and communications
  • Participatory processes
  • Rural development
  • Training and capacity building support
  • Microfinance


  • Ph.D. Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison (MacArthur-Global Studies Fellow; Taylor Hibbard Doctoral Dissertation Award).
  • B.A. (summa cum laude), Economics and Computer Science, Universidad Nacional de Asunción-Paraguay.

International Experience:

  • China
  • Colombia
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Mali
  • Nicaragua
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • USA.


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