Webinar: Local solutions to strengthen women’s voices in land governance

News, 20 March 2019
Join our webinar on 30 April 2019 to discuss experiences of developing locally-negotiated solutions to strengthen women’s voices in land governance.

Since the mid-2000s, a wave of investments driven by factors such as rising commercial agriculture and mineral and oil extraction has resulted in increased pressures on land and the livelihoods that depend on it in sub-Saharan Africa.

While natural resources investments can potentially provide local benefits, they often result in communities losing their land. Vulnerable groups and in particular women tend to be more negatively affected. They are often excluded from decisions that determine land allocation. And with weaker tenure security, the land that provides their main source of livelihood is more easily taken away.

For the past two-and-a-half years IIED has been working with local partners in Ghana, Tanzania and Senegal to strengthen women’s voices in land governance. In this webinar, we will distil lessons from implementing locally-negotiated solutions to increase women’s participation in local level decision-making processes on land in each of these countries.


Our panellists are:

  • Mary Richard, head of programs, Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA)
  • Patricia Akakpo, NETRIGHT, Ghana
  • Fati Alhassan, Grassroot Sisterhood Foundation, Ghana
  • Mamadou Fall, director, IED Afrique, Senegal

This webinar, part of the work of IIED's internal Gender Equality Champions Network, will present the approaches developed in each country and draw lessons for potential replication and upscaling.

Philippine Sutz (philippine.sutz@iied.org), senior researcher, Natural Resources research group, can provide more information on gender, land and accountability in the context of agricultural and other natural resource investments

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