Landesa

Secure land rights for women

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Seattle, WA 1424 Fourth Avenue, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98101, USA
US United States
Web http://www.landesa.org/
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About the project Edit

Landesa’s mission is to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. Recognizing that the lack of secure land rights is a root cause of global poverty, Landesa’s land law and policy experts help poor countries develop and implement land laws, policies, and programs that provide ladders out of poverty for their citizens and promote long-term economic growth.

Said Tim Hanstad, President and CEO of Landesa: “This award from the Skoll Foundation is a vote of confidence not just in Landesa, but also in the catalytic potential of secure land rights to create economic and social opportunity. We are poised to scale our impact significantly – partnering with governments to ensure as many as 20 million more families have legal rights to land by 2015.”

Said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation: “We recognize that—with growing food and income insecurity, gender inequality and natural resource constraints—now is a pivotal moment in which others must join Tim Hanstad and his team, prioritizing sustainable means for securing land rights. We are honored that Landesa is joining our Skoll community of social entrepreneurs.”

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Landesa’s mission is to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. Recognizing that the lack of secure land rights is a root cause of global poverty, Landesa’s land law and policy experts help poor countries develop and implement land laws, policies, and programs that provide ladders out of poverty for their citizens and promote long-term economic growth.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Landesa works with governments and other local organizations to create tailored approaches to expand land rights to the rural poor. Our work is by invitation, and ranges from short-term assignments to long-term engagements, and involves activities including: initial assessments to identify existing laws, policies and cultural conditions, collaborating with public officials to adopt pro land policies, assisting in implementation of new laws to benefit landless families and monitoring and evaluating impact

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

They have worked in 56 countries from now on and their interventions might expand in more cities and countries in the following year.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

When women, in particular, gain such rights, good things happen: farm yields increase, child welfare improves, domestic violence goes down. Landesa launched the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights to ensure millions more women have these legal rights to their land. It is now amplifying its message to support land rights internationally.

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