Women's Access to Land : Call for Proposals

This project emerged from a need to better understand the obstacles beyond legal frameworks faced by women in accessing land and other productive resources. In 2005, IDRC supported a number of scoping studies and a working meeting under the project, Women's Access and Rights to Land : Gender Relations in Tenure (103184). The studies focused on the context that shapes land tenure regimes and considered the gendered power relations that govern ownership, control over and access to land. Building on these activities, the International Land Coalition (ILC) developed a framework for action-oriented research and knowledge sharing.

This project will allow ILC to refine the research agenda on women's access to land and offer a number of small grants in East and Southern Africa. The two calls for proposals will be managed in collaboration with the Programme of Land and Agrarian Studies (PLASS), University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), Uganda, respectively.

The knowledge generated by the project will be used at the local level to empower women's organizations and at the national level to provide evidence to inform and influence policymakers.

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Start Date

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

End Date

Sunday, September 26, 2010


30 months

IDRC Officer

Sanginga, Pascal

Total funding

CA$ 1,676,800


South of Sahara, Uganda, South Africa


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Dr. Michael Taylor


International Fund for Agricultural Development

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