During the first week of June we held our very first Research Consortium Women’s Land Rights Grantee Workshop. Held in Geelong, in the state of Victoria in Australia, a representative from each grantee group, the submission reviewers, and representatives from Resource Equity met for three days to share, learn, and challenge each other on the draft research papers that have been produced under this grant. It was a rare opportunity to dive deeply into substantive questions of what works to improve land rights for women, and what kinds of research can help us answer those questions.
Although not every author was able to attend in person, we were fortunate enough to have several that called in to join our inaugural event. The grantee groups and authors are:
The workshop centered on the authors presenting their preliminary findings in detail and then answering questions from the entire group. The interventions analyzed in the research papers were diverse:
Each draft research report relies on existing data sets from a range of sources including NGOs, government, and project reports. Each of these reports provides a valuable piece in the puzzle of what works to achieve land tenure security for women.
And each report met with some interesting challenges that will no doubt help those faced with similar challenges in the future:
But perhaps the most important piece of the workshop is that we had the time and the occasion to really dig deep and to critically explore our own work and our own assumptions and biases. The workshop presented us with the rare chance to scrutinize our methods and approaches to the work, and to see our own work through each other’s eyes.
At the Research Consortium one of the main objectives 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. The 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. These grants and this workshop are some of the ways we hope to accomplish this objective.
In the months to come we will be publishing the completed reports and findings made by each of the grantee groups.
We are excited to announce that Dr. Margaret Rugadya, Ph.D. is joining the Resource Equity team. Dr Rugadya comes to us from the Ford Foundation, and we are thrilled to welcome her.
“Margaret brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. As a researcher, she will contribute a new perspective to Resource Equity.” – Renée Giovarelli
With more than two decades of experience as a development practitioner, grant-maker, and development and academic researcher, she is a leader in the area of land policy and gender equity with original contributions to the economics of gender, land, and resource tenure. Her focus is on women, pastoralists, forest dwellers, indigenous persons, and urban dwellers across Africa.
Margaret will be involved across our work, bringing her experience and perspective. We look forward to her contributions to our research and evaluation projects, and to drawing on her deep knowledge of East Africa.
Dr. Rugadya holds a Ph.D. in Economics – Governance and Public Policy from Maastricht University, and a Masters of Arts – Sociology and Bachelor of Information Science from Makerere University. She also holds a Diploma in Management (UMI) and a Diploma in Legislative Drafting (ILI). She is trained in Leading Economic Growth (Harvard Kennedy School), Reform Communication (Annenberg School, University of Southern California), Extractives and Economic Development (CCSI-Columbia University), Urban Land Management and Settlement Regularization (IHS-Erasmus University, Rotterdam), Managing NGOs (Victoria University of Manchester), Financial Assessments for NGOs (MANGO), and has a Certified Trustee for Pension Programs (College of Insurance – Nairobi).