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

New publication: Gender, headship, and the life cycle: Landownership in four Asian countries

Originally posted on the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) blog Despite increasing evidence that households do not always function as one, policies regarding land and property rights are often formulated at the household level, assuming the primary adult male is the landowner. Because land policy reform has typically focused on changing household, rather >> Read more

Takeaways from twenty years of gender and rural development research at IFPRI: Closing gender gaps in agriculture through property rights and governance

The following blog by IFPRI gender experts Sophie Theis, Agnes Quisumbing, and Ruth Meinzen-Dick is the second in a four-part series leading up to the Policy Seminar on "Beijing +20 and Beyond: How Gender Research Is Changing the Landscape of Food Policy," to be held on October 14, 2015 at IFPRI's Washington, DC headquarters. This >> Read more

Publication: Environmental and Gender Impacts of Land Tenure Regularization in Africa: Pilot Evidence from Rwanda

Although increased global demand for land has led to renewed interest in African land tenure, few models to address these issues quickly and at the required scale have been identified or evaluated. The case of Rwanda's nation-wide and relatively low-cost land tenure regularization program is thus of great interest. A new working paper paper by >> Read more

News: Ghana: Group Puts Women’s Inheritance Rights Under Spotlight

Source: AllAfrica 03/08/2011 The right of women to inherit their deceased husbands is one that has faced great resistance from adherents of traditional customs and some religious sects in most African societies, and therefore requiring concerted efforts to bring about the needed change that will recognise women as equal partners in relationships, with inalienable right >> Read more

Event: Insight to Action Gender and Property Rights

Women’s property rights, especially access to land, are increasingly recognized as critical to achieving poverty reduction and gender equality.  However, many women are unable to realize their rights. ICRW’s research and programmatic work in gender and property rights aims to advance knowledge on how women’s and men’s property rights are measured and to strengthen community-based >> Read more

News: MALAWI–Women Claim Equal Share of Family Property

Collins Mtika MZUZU, Malawi, Dec 29 - Seated on a wooden bench at her Katoto township house in Mzuzu, Grace Mkandawire’s face reflects the traumatic experiences she has endured since her husband’s death in 1998. She looks lost and confused and as she narrates her story there is fear, hatred and resignation that Malawi’s Marital >> Read more

Event (London): Empowering women, reducing child poverty and enabling women to inherit

Tuesday 12 October, 13.00-14.30 - ODI, London It is estimated that women worldwide own only 1-2% of individually titled land. This is despite making up more than 80% of farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Assets can be an important source of social mobility and in low income developing countries land is the key asset. It is >> Read more

Call for Proposals: Fund for Women’s Property and Inheritance Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS

UNIFEM (part of UN Women), with the generous contribution of the Canadian International Development Agency, today launches a Call for Proposals for the Fund for Women's Property and Inheritance Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS. The Fund will provide small, catalytic grants totaling US$700,000 in 2010 to grassroots and community-based organizations or networks in sub-Saharan >> Read more

PUBLICATION: Women and Landed Property in Urban India

This paper examines land tenure in informal urban settlements in India from a gender perspective through field research conducted in Ahmedabad in collaboration with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). The author describes the formal and informal tenure arrangements that were in place in these settlements and analyses their implications for women. She proceeds to raise >> Read more