Women's Access to Land and Natural Resources in Pastoralist and Forest Communities in East Africa

In recent years the security of women's entitlement to land and land-based resources has been compromised by a number of factors. These include unfavorable laws and government policies, increasing commoditization of and competition for land, and exclusionary practices defended as "customary." Indeed, their entitlement is threatened on two accounts: first, as members of minority groups facing economic marginalization, and second, as a weaker social group within a larger marginalized group.

This project will explore women's access to land and land-based resources in five pastoralist and forest-dwelling communities in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, mainly, Hadza, Batwa, Maasai, Ogiek and Karamojong.

The project is expected to shed light on how best to secure women's right to land and land-based resources in East Africa, and to inform advocacy initiatives and engagement with government policies at both the local and the national level.

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Start Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

End Date

Sunday, July 1, 2012


24 months

IDRC Officer

Alma, Eileen

Total funding

CA$ 459,800


Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Patricia Kameri-Mbote


University of Nairobi

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