Landesa – Center for Women’s Land Rights

ensuring that women have secure rights to their land isn’t just a good idea – it is essential to addressing poverty and hunger around the world

  • Four Decades, 40 countries, 400 Million people – Founded as the Rural Development Institute RDI, Landesa’s work in more than 40 developing countries over that past four decades has improved individual lives, families, and communities.
  • More than 100 million families worldwide — representing well over 400 million people — have received land rights as a result of our partnerships with governments and other development organizations … (full text who we are).
  • Rural Development Institute RDI on wikipedia.

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Address: Landesa – Center for Women’s Land Rights, New Delhi (National Office), Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha,  West Bengal, India;

What we do 2/2: Efforts to help one landless family at a time are important. But Landesa’s work to advance durable land rights brings transformational changes, and helps other important development work – like literacy, clean water, and nutrition – to take hold for generations. 

More than 75 percent of the world’s poorest families live in rural areas. But more than a billion still lack legal control over their own land, causing entrenched poverty cycles to persist over generations.

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
  • monitoring and evaluating impact

Read more about Securing Land Rights, our Consulting Services, our Partners, and our Success Stories.

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