Inaugural Research Grant Recipients

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One of the most important objectives of the Research Consortium by Resource Equity is to start to fill in some of the gaps in evidence so that policy-makers, programmers, donors, and practitioners can rely on evidence-backed information to make the most informed decisions possible. Our hope is that this evidence will help make the case that secure land and resource rights for women are achievable and will help to show what strategies can work to achieve stronger land rights for women in practice.

In August of 2018 we launched a grant-making program. For our inaugural Request for Proposal we invited applicants to submit proposals that asked new questions of existing data sets, on the topic of the effectiveness of land and resource tenure interventions to improve the lives of women. We also asked applicants to link the research to the Women’s Land Rights Conceptual Framework to help validate, refine, or even challenge it.

We received around 40 very compelling proposals and had the tough choice to select only three, through a rigorous, independent review process. Our final decision was made in November 2018.

We are very excited to announce the recipients of our first three grants:

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Authors: Iliana Monterosso Ibarra and Anne M. Larson of CIFOR. Learn more about the authors here.

Working Title: “Mobilizing change for women and vulnerable groups within collective tenure regimes”

Abstract: This research will contribute to the analysis of gender differentiated results of ongoing forest tenure reform processes in Peru, Uganda, and Indonesia, providing lessons and identification of implementation practices and action resources that mobilize change, in order to improve women’s and vulnerable groups’ access to land and resources under collective tenure regimes.

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Associates Research Trust – Uganda

Authors: Herbert Kamusiime and Paul Ntegeka Mwesige of Associates Research Trust. Learn more about the authors here.

Working Title: “Do certificates of customary ownership as currently issued/delivered translate into more secure land rights for women and men involved?”

Abstract: This research is a case study from Nwoya district in Uganda, using quantitative data from beneficiary and non-beneficiary households to assess whether and how current processes for issuing customary ownership certificates are working to achieve more secure land rights for women and men.

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Land Investment for Transformation Programme (LIFT) (Development Associates International – DAI)

Authors: Workhowa Mekonen, Gladys Savolainen, and John Leckie of DAI. Learn more about the authors here.

Working Titles: “Challenges facing Ethiopian women in realizing their land rights during second level land certification”

Abstract: LIFT is a program that is systematically issuing land certificates to people in Ethiopia. The purpose of this research is to synthesize the LIFT program’s knowledge and experience of land certification in Ethiopia and to answer the question: how have these practices positively or negatively advanced the land use rights of women and vulnerable groups in Ethiopia?

We’re excited to share their results and findings with you on the this website in the coming months. You will also learn more about the grantees and their work, and see how their research helps to start to fill some of the gaps in knowledge in this field.

Learn more: Hear about how the grant supports this program in their own words.