2019 Grant Recipients



Iliana Monterosso Ibarra is a scientist and co-coordinator of Gender and Social Inclusion Research at the Center for International Forestry Research. She works as part of the team that coordinates the implementation of the FTA strategy to strengthen partner organizations and scientists to address gender across their research and ensure continuous learning and improvement. Iliana has a BSc in Biology and an MSc and PhD in Environmental Sciences. She has extensive experience in facilitating multistakeholder platforms involving indigenous peoples, Afrodescendants and grassroots organizations, government, and civil society institutions. Her research focuses on gender, tenure, environmental governance, and socioenvironmental conflicts predominantly in Latin America

Anne M. Larson is the Team Leader for Equity, Gender, and Tenure and has been a Principal Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research, based in Lima, Peru, since 2012. She obtained her PhD in 2001 from UC Berkeley in Wildland Resource Science, with an emphasis on resource policy and institutions. Her current research priorities include opportunities for and challenges to forest tenure reforms; women’s rights to land in communal forests; and multilevel governance, REDD+ and low emissions development. She coordinates fieldwork in Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Anne represents the CGIAR on the Council of the International Land Coalition; represents CIFOR to the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI); and served as a council member of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) until 2016. She has done both more traditional and action research, as well as supporting innovative initiatives such as the design of a diploma course for indigenous communities and leaders. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she worked as a journalist, activist, and lobbyist.


Herbert Kamusiime has over 15 years of experience working on gender, land, and livelihoods through various engagements in both academic and practice research settings with Associates Research Trust-Uganda for partners like the IITA, IFPRI, the GIL of the World Bank, Resource Equity, and the MLHUD of Uganda among others. Herbert is a member of the National Land Policy Working Group in Uganda. Herbert has impeccable experience working on gender conscious data collection and analysis tools like the WEAI for IFPRI/ USAID and SWW for Resource Equity. Herbert has also worked to build the capacity of grassroots organizations in M&E with partners like GFC. Herbert holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Extension and Education from Makerere University. He is currently the Executive Director of ART-U. With respect to the partnership between Resource Equity and ART-U, Herbert is working with Paul Ntegeka to test the practical application of the women’s land rights conceptual framework developed by the Research Consortium by applying it to a data set collected the MLHUD in Uganda on the recipients of CCOs in a predominantly customary tenure district (Nwoya- Acholi land, Northern Uganda).  Herbert is also working with Amanda Richardson to generate evidence on whether the SWW approach improves outcomes for female and male artisanal miners in Moroto district of Karamoja-Uganda.

Paul Ntegeka Mwesige has close to four years working in the field of quantitative data analysis with impeccable proficiency in STATASE and other quantitative analysis tools. Paul has worked to design data capture templates, clean data sets, build variables to assess quality of questions, and resultant statistics for suitability to analyze gender according internationally accepted global standards and concepts. Paul is a statistician trained at Makerere University. In the partnership between Resource Equity and ART-U, Paul with Herbert Kamusiime are testing the practical application of the Women’s Land Rights Conceptual Framework developed by the Research Consortium by applying it to a data set collected the MLHUD in Uganda on the recipients of CCOs in a predominantly customary tenure district (Nwoya- Acholi land, Northern Uganda). Paul also supports the team working with Amanda Richardson as lead statistician to generate evidence on whether the SWW approach improves outcomes for female and male artisanal miners in Moroto district of Karamoja-Uganda.  


Workwoha Mekonen is a sociologist and gender specialist by profession. Over the last 30 years, she has worked for the government of Ethiopia, and international and national NGOs, as well as for the USAID Ethiopia program. She has also worked with international development consulting companies such as OSC (Orgut-Scanagri Consortium), COWI, DevTech, and DAI Europe. Most of her engagement is in the fields of rural development, food security, agriculture, and land administration. Since May 2014, Workwoha is working as Gender and Social Development Expert for the DFID funded LIFT (Land Investment for Transformation) Program. In this assignment, she is responsible to protect land rights of women and other vulnerable groups through engaging landholders themselves, grass roots service providers, and policy makers. She holds a BS in Sociology.

Gladys Savolainen is a development practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the field of social development and gender. Her work spans across various sectors, including land, carried out through long- and short-term assignments in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She is a Philippine national, based in Finland and serves as Senior Consultant for NIRAS International Consulting. Prior to her career in development consulting, she worked in research projects affiliated with US universities. Gladys holds a  PhD in Sociology.

John Leckie, is a Principal Consultant in DAI Europe’s Land Tenure and Property Rights team, and has 19 years of international project experience in the land, natural resources, and environment sectors in Europe, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, and South America. His training in land use planning and extensive experience in land registration projects give John a sound understanding of land governance issues. John has expertise in land tenure regularisation, land administration, geographic information systems (GIS), and participatory tenure and resource mapping, including the use of “crowd-sourcing” techniques. John worked as the Senior Registration Advisor in Rwanda on the award-winning Land Tenure Regularisation Support Programme, where he established a large GIS and map production department, introducing open source GIS tools for the systematic processing of cadastral data. He is currently the Registration Advisor to the DFID-funded Land Investment for Transformation programme in Ethiopia, and is Technical Director to two of DAI’s EC-funded land and resource governance projects in Malawi and Liberia.