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Women’s land rights for Inclusive Development and Growth in Africa (WIDGRA) from 2018 to 2020

Project: «Women’s land rights for Inclusive Development and Growth in Africa (WIDGRA)

Financial partner: Oxfam Panafrica

Total cost:68 649 $   

Duration: 2018 – 2020)

Countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Togo, South Africa and Tunisia

Objective : to ensure women’s access to and control over their land resources across Africa.


  • 28 civil society members were trained as trainers to build the capacity of rural women and their communities to document violations of women’s land rights; to integrate gender issues in large-scale land investments in their activities to promote women’s access to and control over land in their localities
  • 25 civil society organisations have had their capacity strengthened in documenting the pronounced cases of women losing their land rights in the context of large-scale land investments, and have increased their advocacy skills to engage with governments, RECs and the AU on women’s land rights
  • Three decrees for the application of the land code signed in Togo pave the way for the application of provisions of the land code favourable to women.
  • Advocacy at the local level for community leaders and at the national level for key ministries
  • The Ministry of Town Planning, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Justice, organized popularization sessions of the code in easy French and images throughout the national territory.
  • The Ministry integrates women from 40 to 50% in all its projects
  • It is planned that 30% of the developed land will be reserved for women in agropoles.
  • Civil society organisations have tools / scorecards to monitor governments and RECs in the implementation of African Union land rights instruments and other relevant laws and policies on women’s land rights 
  • Produce national reports and the respective communication and advocacy materials on the evidence base – as part of the advocacy campaign
  • Production and disseminate of a report: “Women’s Land Rights for Inclusive Development and Growth in Africa: A report on Togo
  • Development and production of a policy brief: “Securing women’s land rights to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 
  • An advocacy plan developed and validated
  • 9 pairs were trained for Replication of training on the Community Engagement Tool (CET)
  • 18 replications of the training on the CET which made women and communities aware of the Large-Scale Land-Based Investments (LSLBI). Those replications affected 1,455 people including 1,129 women and 326 men.

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Women’s land rights for Inclusive Development and Growth in Africa (WIDGRA) from 2018 to 2020

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