Land and Property Rights

Rights, agency, and decision-making authority linked to land and property ownership.

Lack of access and rights to land lie at the heart of women's poverty and exclusion, limiting their ability to benefit equally from peacebuilding processes and to invest in community welfare.

From the Report: Women and Natural Resources Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential

Case Study

African Women's Development Fund advocates for policies that support women's choices

Sample Grant

48% of the land in Rwanda is arable land.

World Bank


Intensifying programmes geared towards raising the community awareness of their land rights will help protect women's position in the community as regards land issues. Such awareness will help break discriminatory cultural traditions against women such as "women have no right to inherit land and can neither make decisions regarding family land".

From the Report: Strengthening Women's Access to Land into IFAD projects: The Rwanda Experience