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Our Progress Report to You

Landesa Summer 2019 Impact Report cover

SEATTLE – We’re very pleased to share Landesa’s inaugural Impact Report, the first of a regular, semi-annual publication. Inside you will learn about many of the exciting recent developments at Landesa, including: how 30 years of partnership has culminated in the adoption of a law that will affect 240 million households, how Landesa is leading the coalition-driven Stand for Her Land campaign focused on women’s land rights, and other achievements in strengthening land rights for women, men, and families.


Learning across borders

Myanmar officials visit Vietnam to learn about land law drafting process
The Myanmar Government Director of land records (center) meets with land registry officials from Vietnam in July to review the process of issuing joint titles for women and men.
The Myanmar Government Director of Land Records (center) meets with land registry officials from Vietnam in July to review the process of issuing joint titles for women and men.

HANOI – As part of its global South-South learning program to strengthen the land rights of smallholder farmers, Landesa partnered with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to bring 20 Myanmar government officials to Vietnam to learn about the country’s past land reforms and current land law drafting process. This trip was the fourth in a series developed by Landesa (previous trips visited India, Taiwan and the US) to assist the newly democratic country in learning land law and policy processes after more than 50 years of isolation.

The 10-day program featured seminars with Vietnamese government officials, civil society organizations in the land sector, and field visits to smallholder farms. The meeting (pictured above) between the leadership of the Myanmar land records department and the Vietnam land registry – to review actual joint titles – was likely the first such policy meeting in Myanmar’s history.  


Stand For Her Land mobilizes in Tanzania

Tanzania S4HL Coalition mobilizes - A global campaign to strengthen women's land rights DAR ES SALAAM – Stand For Her Land, the global campaign to strengthen land rights for women worldwide, aims to activate grassroots advocates, experts, and partners to close the critical implementation gap between law and practice that leaves millions of women effectively landless.

Recently, Landesa’s Tanzania Program team helped facilitate a meeting of the Campaign’s country coalition. The group of over 25 women-focused NGOs is mobilized and finalizing a strategic plan before the national S4HL Tanzania launch this November.


Local approaches to women's land rights in China

Woman farmer in field in China YUNNAN PROVINCE – In July, Landesa completed a round of fieldwork to survey local approaches to women's land rights in rural China. We started in Dali county in Yunnan Province, which is a pilot region for China's national residential land reform, and predominantly populated by the Bai Nationality minority.

Over 6 days, our team met with county officials, collective groups and farmers in fifteen villages to better understand the impact of local traditions, culture, and the government push for gender equality on women's land rights. This new research will help us better understand the state of women's tenure security in China in order to develop practical policy recommendations for the government.


Landesa in the news

Partnerships shaking hands blog illustration

Forging new partnerships: Companies and CSOs collaborate to achieve more responsible investments in land Mina Manuchehri interviews Land Champions from Illovo and local CSOs about their collaborative partnership. (Land Portal)

Company Culture icon blog illustration

One Company’s Journey to Better Respect Land: Illovo Sugar Africa Mina Manuchehri writes about our work to support Illovo's journey to better respect land rights through our Commitment to Practice Project. (Land Portal)

Image from ACP Congo

Publication in Kinshasa of the Explanatory Note on Women's Land and Forest Rights in the DRC The Coalition of Women Leaders for the Environment and Sustainable Development noted Landesa’s contributions on women's land rights for their work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (ACP Congo)

Shaking hands cover image for Op-ed. Photo by Cytonn Photography on Unsplash

Opinion: NGOs — here's how to strengthen your engagement with governments Tim Hanstad highlights Landesa as an NGO that partners with governments to better understand ground realities. (Devex)

Four women experts weigh in. Photo by RRI

Why is land such an important source of power for indigenous and community women? Four experts weigh in Monica Mhoja is asked about what international audiences need to know about the challenges and opportunities facing indigenous and local community women. (Land Portal)

Seed the Change 2019. Photo by Michael Maine
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