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Increasing Women’s Property Ownership and Land Rights in Kosovo

Overcoming cultural barriers to increase women’s land and property rights To address traditional concepts of property and inheritance, USAID, in close collaboration with the Government of Kosovo, civil society, schools, and media, developed and carried out a far-reaching social and behavioral-change communications campaign to shift societal attitudes toward acceptance of women to inherit and own…Read More

Increasing Land Rights through Property Ownership in Kosovo

Property ownership represents a basic right and a foundational basis for economic growth.  But in Kosovo, the right to property ownership is not always guaranteed, especially for women. For the past five years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has supported robust legal reforms and behavior change to significantly advance land and property…Read More

Showing the Way

By Land and Rural Development Program in Colombia Individualization of Collectively Held Lands To deliver individual land titles to rural families What is the Context? Between 1996 and 2000, the Colombian government awarded collective land titles to approximately 150 families in the municipality of Fuentedeoro (Meta), under the condition that they would become members of…Read More

Importance of Property Rights for Women

This editorial was originally published on the Voice of America Website.  Changing property and inheritance laws “may be the most critical” step in ensuring “women’s full and free participation in local economies.” The right to own property is a key necessity to fully integrate women into a nation’s economy. Speaking on a Women’s Global Development…Read More

Making History: 1,000 Land Titles

By Land and Rural Development Program in Colombia The Ovejas pilot is facilitating property rights for around 2,900 campesinos, more than half of whom are rural women, while simultaneously updating the cadaster information for 5,600 land parcels. Colombian President Iván Duque attended a historic event to witness the delivery of 1,058 land titles to rural…Read More

Land Titles: Come Rain or Shine

A look at the public expositions and the final steps of Colombia’s first massive land formalization program By Land and Rural Development Program in Colombia At 6 a.m., Gloria Esperanza is already out back in the kitchen, stoking the fire. It’s Tuesday morning, her daughter-in-law is up, and it has been raining since 3 a.m….Read More