During Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Marie lost her husband. But thanks to Landesa’s work in Rwanda, she didn’t lose her landRead Article
Improve Rwanda’s national legal and policy framework to strengthen land rights for smallholder farmers, particularly women; improve women’s access to dispute resolution systems in rural areas; and help develop local institutional capacity protect women’s rights to own and inherit land.
Recognizing the importance of land tenure security to stability and development, the Government of Rwanda has pursued an ambitious land tenure reform program. Beginning in 2007, the government launched a national land registration program that set out to title every plot of land in the country in order reduce gender inequality in access to land, optimize land use and economic growth, reduce conflict, and provide a clear institutional legal framework for land ownership. By 2013, approximately 99 percent of individually-held land in the country (about 11 million parcels) had been registered.
In partnership with Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Haguruka, Tetra Tech and the National Women’s Council (NWC), Landesa developed a network of “Community Resource Persons” to manage land disputes in their communities and to work to improve the legal, policy and institutional framework for land dispute management.
Read the Land Dispute Assessment Report and Toolkit (PDF)
Landesa reviewed the laws and policies affecting the land sector in Rwanda, focusing special attention on the 2013 Land Law; identified gaps in the legal framework; and made policy recommendations.
Landesa supported three efforts to ensure women’s land rights were recognized in the Land Tenure Regularization Process (LTRP):