For the past few decades;efforts to strengthen women’s land rights in many sub-Saharan African countries have primarily focused on a single approach: systematic registration through individual/joint certification or titling. While registration – individually or with a spouse – may support tenure security in specific contexts;the sheer complexity of land governance practices and tenure arrangements across the continent (both formal and customary) often render an emphasis on systematic titling inadequate. Looks at why the dominant approach isn’t necessarily delivering change for women;reviews the multifaceted realities encompassed by the generic term ‘women’s land rights’. Suggests that governments and development actors adopt context-specific complementary strategies;able to react to local complexity;and deliver effective sustainable support for women seeking to secure land in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Megan Huth (IIED guest blog
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Mokoro is pleased to host the ’Land Rights in Africa’ site as a contribution to the land rights dialogue and related debates. This website was created in January 2000 by Robin Palmer, and was originally housed by Oxfam GB, where Robin worked as a Land Rights Adviser. A library of resources on land rights in Africa – with a particular focus on women’s land rights and on the impact of land grabbing in Africa – the portal has been well received by practitioners, researchers and policy makers, and has grown considerably over the years.