Watch the recording, check out the research, learn about our panelists, and more
During our webinar, What Works for Women on Collective Lands, host Elisa Scalise guided our expert panelists through an exploration of their experiences working on collective lands in Kenya, Mongolia, Tanzania, and Senegal.
Learn from Eileen Wakesho, Elizabeth Daley, Narangerel Yansanjav, and Philippine Sutz about field-tested strategies and the lessons they learned as they developed, implemented, and measured the success of projects specifically focused on ensuring women living and working on collectively-held lands had a voice in their governance, management, economics, and conservation.
Watch the Recordings
The webinar was conducted in English, with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, French, and Russian.
Read the Research
For more detail on our panelists’ projects and experience, here is a selection of papers published on their work.
- Group Ranches and the Community Land Act: Will We Correct Mistakes of the Past or Repeat Them? 2020 [ENG]
- Reality or a Pipe Dream?: Securing Women Rights in Community Land Registration in Kenya 2022 [ENG]
- Road to Securing Community Lands in Kenya 2020 [ENG]
Elizabeth Daley and Narangerel Yansanjav
- A sustainable future needs women and men working together for change 2022 [ENG]
- To secure equal rights to land, bring men and women together 2021 [ENG]
- Gender guidelines to be distributed in all 330 districts of Mongolia 2021 [ENG]
- Putting research into action, one muddy step at a time 2020 [ENG]
- WOLTS Mongolia success stories 2022 [ENG]
- “It will be fun to develop land-use planning, if we do it together!” 2022 [ENG]
- Left behind – the Mongolian herders living at home with Mum 2019 [ENG]
- New research about gender, land and mining in Mongolia: deepening understanding of coping strategies in pastoralist communities 2019 [ENG]
- A stronger voice for women in local land governance: effective approaches in Tanzania, Ghana and Senegal 2019 [ENG]
- How local rules can promote inclusive land governance in Tanzania 2019 [ENG]
- Routes to change: rural women’s voices in land, climate and market governance in sub-Saharan Africa 2021 [ENG]
- Why simple solutions won’t secure African women’s land rights 2012 [ENG]
Meet the Panelists
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Resource Equity
As a gender and land tenure lawyer, Elisa has worked for over 15 years in the research and design of laws, policies, and programs that improve women’s rights to land and natural resources, strengthen women’s involvement in decision-making and governance of land, improve equity in administration of rights and benefits attached to land, and facilitate enforcement of women’s rights in justice systems. She has worked on projects around the globe, including in Cabo Verde, Rwanda, Uganda, Kyrgyz Republic, China, Lesotho, Liberia, and Morocco. Elisa is also core faculty at the Women’s Land Rights Institute, where she regularly leads their 10-week Foundations course.
Director of Community Land Protection, Namati
Eileen has been working in the development sector for nearly 10 years, focusing specifically on Women’s Land Rights and Land & Natural Resource Governance. Prior to joining Namati, she was the Women’s Land Rights Advisor for Oxfam International, and has worked with Kenya Land Alliance, Development Policy Management Forum, NCCK, and Kenya Institute for Public Policy, Research and Analysis (KIPPRA). Eileen co-authored a peer-reviewed book on informal justice mechanisms and formal courts in Kenya, and holds an MA in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi.
Principal Consultant and WOLTS Project Team Lead, Mokoro
Elizabeth is a land tenure specialist with over 20 years of experience working on land, natural resources, environment, food security, and livelihoods across Africa and Asia. She currently leads the WOLTS Project, a multi-country, action-oriented strategic project in support of gender-equitable land governance. Elizabeth has extensive field-based and technical knowledge of key policy issues around responsible land governance, land tenure reform and registration, land rights and tenure security, and large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs), with particular interests in land rights of women and vulnerable groups and in women’s economic empowerment. She has written and presented widely, including academic publications on gender and LSLAs, women’s land rights, and land tenure and social change.
Executive Director, People Centered Conservation
In addition to heading this Mongolia-based NGO, Narangerel has worked as a consultant on the design, implementation, and evaluation of projects in rural development, natural resource/pasture management, and conservation since 2006. She has conducted field research on community-based conservation, pastoral livelihoods, grassland management, and local governance, and is a co-author of several publication and research materials such as Participatory Forest Management, Training Curriculum for Protected Area Rangers and Land Officers, the Training Manual on PRA, and “Community Organization in the Gobi – Experiences in local Governance, Community based Poverty Reduction, Natural Resource Management and Conservation.”
Associate of Law, Economies, and Justice – Natural Resources, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
A law, gender, and development specialist, Philippine leads research and field-level projects on the socio-legal empowerment of women and accountability mechanisms in the context of natural resource governance. Her work focuses on supporting the development of participatory approaches to amplify marginalized voices. Philippine’s expertise and experience includes analysis and research of domestic, international and transnational legal frameworks; capacity building; advisory work on the role of law and justice in sustainable development with a focus on natural resources investments and land rights. She holds a Master of Laws LLM from Kings College, London.
Learn More with WLRI
Are you interested in learning more about these specific projects?
Are you working in the context of collective lands and would benefit from a deeper analysis of field-tested strategies for empowering women?
Join us for our upcoming Course 201 | Intensive – Collective Lands.
This intensive will be comprised of four, 120-minute sessions over 2 weeks, and will dive more deeply into each of the projects, lessons learned, and scalability principles.