Landwise: Land Rights Resources Support

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Our library is a comprehensive source of laws, articles, and research on women and land. You can access laws from the LandWise database, research, articles, and curated content, find a glossary of industry terms, and our responses to previous Help Desk inquiries.

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It’s not always easy to find the information and answers you’re looking for and we’re here to support people who work with and care about women gaining rights to land. 

How it works

Submit the specific women’s land rights question you are looking for answers to, and we will share the information and knowledge we have collected over the years. 

While we won’t always be able to answer every question we receive, nor can we provide legal advice for a specific situation, we strive to provide some sort of response to all questions within five working days of submission. In some cases, we may need to ask for additional information. All questions and answers are added to our knowledge-base search engine above so others can also have easy access to this information. Unless you choose to be named, the authors of all question submissions will remain anonymous.

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How to use the Resource Equity Knowledge-base

This library is a consolidation of all our content from both LandWise and the Resource Equity research and publications. While we have a lot of information to share with you here, we still may not have everything you are looking for.

Start your research by searching the different resources available in our knowledge-base – Laws, Research and Publications and Q&A.

Next review the Research Process Practice Guide. In this guide, we help you to identify other sources for locating legal materials and resources to help you fill the gaps.

Once you have relevant materials to work from, from our database and from other sources suggested in the Research Process Practice Guide, you can use the applicable subject-specific Practice Guides to analyze the materials you have located through your research.

If you find you have questions that have not been answered, submit them using our Helpdesk.

If you have any comments, questions, or would like to submit a resource to include in our library, contact us.

Methodology and criteria for inclusion in the curated content

Resource Equity identifies and analyzes research on interventions that touch on women’s land rights in some way. We monitor women and land listservs and databases as well as services that collect and disseminate research. We welcome submissions of research to be included in our curated platform (see criteria for inclusion below).

Resource Equity does not edit others’ work but provides commentary and context for the research. The aim is to catalogue and direct readers to original research through links in our knowledge-base.

Literature is reviewed by experts in the field of women’s land rights with the objective to help clarify what the research tells us and what it doesn’t tell us about the effectiveness of the intervention.

Criteria for inclusion

Studies are included if they:

  • Focus on an intervention that addresses an element of women’s land tenure security.
  • Are based on interventions that address women’s land rights and:
      • Land administration (titling, registration, and land certification)    
      • Natural resource governance    
      • Leasing and lifetime use rights    
      • Land-based investments    
      • Access to justice    
      • Legal empowerment (paralegals, legal aid, legal information, legal education)    
      • Social norm change    
      • Knowledge, attitude, behaviour change and awareness raising    
      • Women’s groups    
      • Women’s advocacy groups    
      • Human rights
  • Provide a clear explanation of the methodology used, the context of the study, the hypothesis tested, and the outcomes and
  • Are published and have been peer-reviewed. In the absence of this, the study should be accompanied by a letter of introduction from the author. If there is any question as to the validity of the research, two reviewers will be asked to make a ruling as to whether the study should be included or not.

Researchers don’t receive a payment if their work is posted on the Resource Equity platform. Resource Equity aims to provide a “public good” and will not pay any fees, nor will it accept payment, to promote research in our knowledge-base.


Collection Development

The Resource Equity library is a work in progress, and we are continually adding to our database. Our initial collection efforts focused on India and China. We will continue to collect materials in these countries and are expanding our collection efforts into several countries in Africa. Our goal is to provide access to land laws and family laws, and related material from as many countries as possible. We are interested in legal materials from all levels of government (national, state, and local). If you have any materials you would like to recommend for inclusion, contact us.

We update our database regularly but cannot guarantee that all laws are the most recent versions. Contact us if you have updated information.

Language and Translations

Many of the legal materials in the LandWise database are English translations of laws. Unless otherwise specified by the applicable government/legal jurisdiction, translations are not official versions of the laws, and users should be careful when using translated materials. We collect and provide access to materials in many different languages; however, at this time, we cannot provide English translations for all non-English laws.

Full-Text Availability

We strive to make as many full-text materials available as possible. However, some useful resources are copyright protected, and we cannot provide free access to full-text copies. In the case of copyright-protected articles, we provide a citation and a brief summary of the article and then link users to the source where they can purchase the article.


The information contained in this website is general legal information and should not be construed as legal advice to be applied to any specific factual situation. The information contained in Resource Equity’s Knowledge-base cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your jurisdiction.

In preparing the information contained on this website, Resource Equity has endeavored to ensure information is as accurate and current as possible. However, inadvertent errors can occur. Therefore, this website’s information is provided “as is” without any guarantee or warranty of any kind, expressed or implied.

This website contains links to other resources on the Internet. Those links are provided as citations and aids to help you identify and locate other Internet resources that may be of interest and are not intended to state or imply that we sponsor or are affiliated or associated with the persons or entities who created such site, nor are the links intended to state or imply that we are legally authorized to use any trade name, registered trademark, logo, legal or official seal, or copyrighted symbol that may be reflected in the links.

Policy Concerning Intellectual Property Infringement Claims

Claims of alleged copyright or other intellectual property infringement must be in writing. Resource Equity will process and investigate proper notices of alleged copyright or other intellectual property infringement related to material on its websites or servers and respond appropriately. Under appropriate circumstances, Resource Equity will act expeditiously to remove or disable access to the material claimed to be infringing or claimed to be the subject of infringing activity. 

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Help us build up this library

Our library is a powerful hub for the collection, sharing, and exchange of knowledge on how to effectively advance women’s land rights. Together, we identify gaps in knowledge and help develop a common agenda for research so that learnings can more easily be compared, shared, and applied.

We welcome your support and participation in continuing to build this resource for our industry.  

Benefits of Participating

Participants contribute to the knowledge of what works to improve women’s rights to land and where best to focus on research. Your contribution helps us to help others learn about what works.

By participating, you also become part of a community that is working towards advancing women’s rights across the globe.

Why are we asking you to help us build this resource?

By working together, we can increase the quantity and quality of research while providing opportunities for further research with the goal of overcoming barriers to women’s secure land and resource rights around the world.

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If you have any comments, questions, or would like to submit a resource to include in our library please contact us.