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Landesa

Seattle, United States
Joined August 2018

Landesa champions and works to secure land rights for millions of the world’s poorest, mostly rural women and men to provide opportunity and promote social justice.

Presence in: China, India, Liberia, Myanmar, Tanzania
Focus: Land & Natural Resources

Landesa works at scale to create opportunities for the world’s poorest to lift themselves out of poverty. We do this by working side by side with governments and other organizations to strengthen land rights for the landless poor – those 400 million women and 250 million men who lack either access to land or a secure stake in the land they farm.

Our process includes:

  • Initial assessments to identify existing laws, policies and cultural conditions
  • Collaborating with public officials to adopt pro-poor land policies
  • Assisting in the implementation of new laws to benefit landless women and men
  • Monitoring and evaluating impact

We are committed to achieving these outcomes through systemic change and an emphasis on gender equality.

People Associated With This Organization

Ailey Hughes

United States  
Landesa
Joined July 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Family, Gender-based violence, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a land tenure specialist with over 10 years of experience providing technical leadership and support on land tenure and natural resource governance projects. I have professional experience in the USA, Ghana, India, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tajikistan, and Zambia.

Sam Dawson

United States  
Landesa
Joined February 2020
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Women's Rights
I am a Development Coordinator for Landesa, a leading land rights advocacy and policy organization based in Seattle. Previously I worked in rural community banking and development in Central America, as well as refugee resettlement and international programming in Wisconsin.
Ailey Hughes is the network champion (main point of contact) for Landesa.

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