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Africa’s groundbreaking women’s rights treaty turns 20 - the hits and misses of the Maputo protocol

16 July 2023

2023 marks two decades since the adoption of the Maputo Protocol. The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol) is arguably the most progressive legally binding instrument on women’s and human rights instruments globally. A…

Who owns the world’s land? Legislation to cement communities’ historic rights stalls

15 July 2023

While land that is legally designated or owned by indigenous, Afro-descendant, and local communities worldwide between 2015 and 2020 has risen in acreage, in sub-Saharan Africa the opposite applies, says a report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI): It decreased by 2.4 million hectares …

Uncovering the veiled realities of rural women: a widow’s struggle for land in Amhara Region

30 May 2023

With the financial support of GIZ, the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA) in collaboration with Welthungerhilfe (WHH) has been implementing the Land for Life Amhara Multi-Actor Partnership (MAP) project. The Land for Life Amhara MAP is a coalition of various…

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Why large-scale agricultural investments in Gambella, Ethiopia aren’t meeting expectations – and how to fix this

19 June 2023

Despite being a part of national government planning, large-scale agricultural investments in Ethiopia have not been meeting expectations. Focusing on Gambella region in southwestern Ethiopia, this policy brief examines the reasons why, and proposes three policy actions to improve the situation.

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Transforming Africa Into a Powerhouse of the Future

The State of Land Data: Transforming Africa Into a Powerhouse of the Future

This webinar aimed to build the capacity of researchers and practitioners across Africa to better understand sustainable approaches to land data governance. The webinar highlighted the importance of good land data governance for improving property rights and enabling more efficient government…