Publicaciones ILC

WOLREC undertook this action research in order to enhance women’s bargaining power through improved access and control over land in the patrilineal and matrilineal communities in Southern and Northern Malawi. For WOLREC, as an action-orientated NGO, the exact nature of the relationship between women’s bargaining power in the household and their access to, and control over land is key to deciding...
This is the field-work report for a project that aims to learn from women and their lived-experiences at the grass roots, and to respond to their needs through action research.
A special focus on widows married in Rachuonyo and Siaya Districts in Luo Nyanza
Access to and control over land is crucial for family well-being and food security in Kenya. Most land in Kenya is acquired through inheritance of family ancestral land, which is mostly passed down the male line.
The importance of land to poor people’s livelihoods cannot be over emphasized. Land provides the foundation upon which people construct and maintain livelihoods. Consequently, secure access to land is a prerequisite for securing livelihoods. Women are the majority of the poor as they have limited access to social and economic resources. This increases their dependence on basic resources like land...
Gaynor G. Paradza, ILC, MISR
In the experience of GROOTS Kenya, HIV-positive widows are often thrown out of their matrimonial homes, their land grabbed by in-laws as they are blamed for their husbands’ deaths and/or feared to die within a short period of time. Due to a lack of awareness on land rights, as well as the importance of retaining legal documents to lodge court cases, the ability of widows and orphans to control...
In commemoration to International Women’s Day – and a lot has changed for the better for women in the 100 years since this day was first celebrated. Legislation is more gender-sensitive than ever and attitudes towards women's equality and emancipation have shifted significantly - but unfortunately, true equality remains elusive, particularly for women in rural areas, who continue to lack control...
Memorias Conversatorio Internacional
El acceso a la tierra es uno de los problemas más graves que enfrentan las mujeres rurales en el mundo. Actualmente se calcula que existen 1.6 billones de mujeres campesinas (más de la cuarta parte de la población mundial), pero sólo el 2% de la tierra es propiedad de ellas y reciben únicamente el 1% de todo el crédito para agricultura3.
Over the past couple of years, large-scale acquisitions of farmland in Africa, Asia and Latin America have made headlines in media reports across the world. Dubbed ‘land grabs’ in the media, these investments have kindled much international debate, in which strong positions are taken on the impacts of such investments on environment, rights, sovereignty, livelihoods, development and conflict at...
The following report synthesizes the existing data on large acquisition of forest land rights through timber concessions in developing forested countries, using the information from Rights and Resources Initiative’s (RRI) 2007 and 2008 analyses of forest ownership and administration. For a selected set of countries with high dependence on industrial-scale forest concessions, updates were possible...
This paper looks at the impact of commercial pressures upon common lands. Its main task is to identify the factors which make local possession of the commons vulnerable to involuntary loss in the face of such pressures. As preface, it elaborates what constitutes the commons.