Landesa receives historic gift from MacKenzie Scott; Stand for Her Land convenes in Africa; Over $300k raised at Seed the Change; We're hiring!
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Landesa receives historic gift from MacKenzie Scott

Quote overlaid on top of aerial image of people working in agricultural fields in China says 'This generous gift allows us to scale our work in land rights, which is at the intersection of the most pressing global challenges: the fight against climate change, advancing gender equality, alleviating poverty, and securing peace between communities.' Quote by Landesa President and CEO Chris Jochnick on receiving a $20 million gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

We are humbled to announce that Landesa has received a $20 million gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, which will enable us to scale our work accelerating gender equality and climate action through secure rights to land.

This unrestricted gift will help Landesa continue and build upon our efforts to strengthen gender-equal land rights through law and policy work, implementation, and capacity building for government partners, civil society organizations, and rural and Indigenous communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.


2022 GALA

Seed the Change raises over $300k

A scene from Landesa's gala showing Board Chair Vikesh Mahendroo presenting the Prosterman Award to Dr. Tajamul Haque. Seated dinner guests face the stage.

We are extraordinarily appreciative to all those who joined us at Seed the Change this year! Our annual gala featured a celebration of the power of secure land rights, the presentation of the Prosterman Award to the late Dr. Tajamul Haque, and highlights from different Landesa projects around the globe. Thanks to the enormous generosity of our supporters, we were able to raise over $300,000 from our in-person and virtual events. 

If you'd like to watch (or rewatch!) the Voices of Landesa video that debuted at the gala, you can find it here:

Video thumbnail of the Voices of Landesa short video shows Landesa staff members, starting from top left and moving clockwise, Tizai Mauto, Rachel McMonagle, Monica Mhoja, and Diana Fletschner.

Activating grassroots leaders to Stand for Her Land

A collage of 4 pictures shows the Stand for Her Land tour in Senegal, Uganda, and Kenya.

In February, Stand for Her Land campaign members embarked on a monthlong Africa launch tour through Senegal and Uganda, culminating in a regional launch event in Nairobi, Kenya on International Women’s Day.

Stand for Her Land members visited communities, met with government and civil society partners, and participated in strategy workshops to support the country coalitions. Coalitions comprise local grassroots organizations, national civil society organizations, and other non-state actors working towards the shared goal of stronger women’s land rights.

Stand for Her Land supports these groups by building a mechanism for coordination and additional resources so their work can have even greater impact. Already, nearly 100 groups worldwide are mobilizing to Stand for Her Land!


Landesa in the news

Header image from Al Jazeera's article showing Ipato “Peris” Kateki, a Maasai female landowner, a rarity among her people, holding the title deed to her land. [File: Cara Tabachnick / Al Jazeera]

Ipato “Peris” Kateki, a Maasai female landowner, a rarity among her people, holding the title deed to her land. [Photo: Cara Tabachnick / Al Jazeera]

From being property to owning one: A Maasai woman’s struggle for land
Al Jazeera interviewed Landesa Africa Region Director Margaret Rugadya for context on women’s land rights in their story about a 57-year-old Maasai woman’s tortuous path to owning land.

Cover of Landesa's 2021 Annual Report: New Hope, New Horizons


Our 2021 Annual Report dives into the ways in which Landesa's work to strengthen land rights and build resilient communities continues to grow.


We're Hiring!

Join Landesa and the global movement for land rights. 

We're looking to hire some new teammates to help us achieve our mission to secure land rights for people experiencing poverty around the world through improved policies, laws, and programs. Across our offices in five different countries, we foster an environment that values impact, collaboration, respect, dedication, and learning.

Current openings:



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