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Call-in TV Program Educates Public on Land Rights

While the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is famed for producing many of the stars who power technology firms from Bangalore to Silicon Valley, the state’s rural areas are still struggling to move forward in part because of insecure rights to land. Roughly half of property owners in the state – that’s tens of millions of families – can’t make full use of their land because they have clouded ownership. A television program launched earlier this year aims to address this problem.

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August 15, 2011

CEO Reporting from Karnataka

This afternoon I was in the field interviewing women participants of the “My Land My Garden” program in Karnataka state. A woman named Gowri who, when I asked her whether receiving the land in her name has made any difference in her life, stood up and said with a confident smile, “Before I was nothing. Now I am a hero.”

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August 12, 2011

Innovative and comprehensive policy changes will help the landless gain land rights

The Council for Social Development and The Rural Development Institute, New Delhi organised a national seminar on Land Policies for Accelerated and Balanced Rural Development on November 9-10, 2010.

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August 10, 2011

The World Bank teams up with Landesa on land rights in China

The World Bank is turning to Landesa’s unique expertise to provide research and analysis on improving efficiency and equity of land use and rural-urban integration.

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June 29, 2011

Jolyne Sanjak Named New Chief Program Officer

Dr. Jolyne Sanjak, a managing director at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, is joining Landesa as chief program officer on July 20. She is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on how broad, secure land rights can spark sustainable economic development for individuals, families and communities. Dr. Sanjak brings some 25 years of technical and managerial experience to the organization.

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June 16, 2011