New IFPRI Discussion Paper: Women’s land rights as a pathway to poverty reduction: A framework and review of available evidence

Authors: RUTH SUSEELA MEINZEN-DICK, AGNES R. QUISUMBING, CHERYL R. DOSS, SOPHIE THEIS Paper available for download here. Abstract: Land is an important asset for rural households, and having secure land rights is important for poverty reduction. Despite the large body of literature on the relationship between land tenure security, livelihoods, and poverty, most of this literature is based on household-level >> Read more

Call for Applications: 2018 Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program

The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for our Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program. The program goals are to 1) Enhance effectiveness and expertise of mid-career practitioners from Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to advance women’s land rights and 2) Strengthen the network of women’s >> Read more

PUBLICATION: Gender Gaps in Landownership across and within Households in Four Asian Countries

A new paper from Caitlin Kieran, Kathryn Sproule, Agnes R. Quisumbing, and Cheryl R. Doss in Journal of Land Economics has been published and is available for download here. Abstract: Using nationally representative data from Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam, this paper investigates which individual and household characteristics influence men’s and women’s landownership across and within >> Read more

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Gender, Youth and Inclusion (GYI) Coordinator with CGIAR Water, Land, and Ecosystems Cross-Cutting Research Program

WLE is seeking an outstanding social scientist, with very strong development impact credentials, in the field of gender, youth and inclusion to take this work stream forwards.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the enthusiasm and inspiration to make WLE the place to go for evidence, insights and knowledge on gender, youth and >> Read more

BLOG: Women’s access to land in Ghana: Are we asking the right questions and are we drawing the right conclusions?

Originally posted on the Engendering Data Blog, maintained by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets By Isabel Lambrecht, IFPRI With increased recognition of the importance of gender in development, researchers now often collect data disaggregated at the individual or intra-household level, sometimes with a great amount of detail involved. Yet, once in a >> Read more

BLOGPOST: “As a wife I will help, manage, and love” The value of qualitative research in understanding land tenure and gender in Ghana

Reposted from the IFPRI Research Blog In this post I argue that qualitative field work aiming at understanding the local context is not a frivolous activity. For highly contested topics, such as gender and land, and in contexts where custom dominates, rigorous qualitative empirical work may lead to valuable insights and research outputs. The literature >> Read more

NEW PUBLICATION: ILC Framing the Debate: Islamic inheritance laws and rural women

Land rights are particularly important for women’s empowerment and gender equality (…) but they continue to be systematically denied their rights to inheritance, especially in rural areas. The newest issue of ILC’s Framing the Debate series on Islamic inheritance laws and their impact on rural women in Muslim societies finds an interconnected mix of legal, educational, economic, >> Read more

BLOG: We don’t know how many women own land. Why?

Originally posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation News by Cheryl Doss, Yale University Tuesday, 17 May 2016 16:00 GMT We know women’s legal rights to own, inherit and farm land are crucial. So why is it still so hard to know how many women have rights? The importance of women’s rights to land and property are increasingly >> Read more

Gender project officer with Tanzania Natural Resource Forum

Click here to read the full Terms of Reference. The deadline to apply is April 11th. With global attention focused on inequitable land-related investments, governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector have come together to improve land governance and investment practices. The African Union’s Guiding Principles on Large Scale Land Based Investments, the Voluntary >> Read more

Making sense of land, statistics, and gender

Making sense of land, statistics, and gender (pdf) is a new infographic from the Gender and Land Rights database (GLRD) of the FAO and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). The infographic explores the correct use of land ownership statistics (ownership understood in a broad sense beyond individual property rights) and highlights how gender >> Read more