Study on the threats to women’s land tenure security in Mongolia and Tanzania
The Women’s Land Tenure Security Project (WOLTS)
Mokoro’s multi-country practical action-oriented research project, the Women’s Land Tenure Security Project (WOLTS) addresses itself to the central question of how to protect and support women’s land rights in efforts to secure community land rights and engage with investors to improve outcomes from LSLAs. The long-term goal of WOLTS is three-fold:
• First, to establish a stronger evidence base on the internal and external threats to women’s land tenure security in selected developing countries, especially in the context of LSLAs.
• Second, to strengthen the capacity of communities, NGOs/CSOs and local governments to protect and secure women’s land rights in the face of these threats, contributing to a paradigm shift that sees gender equality and women’s rights mainstreamed within community land management, land tenure governance and land rights protection efforts worldwide.
• Third, as a result, to see tangible improvements in women’s land tenure security in the communities and countries reached by the project, and to see wider sharing and dissemination of the lessons learned and tools developed so as to have a greater and more lasting impact.
The WOLTS Study in Mongolia and Tanzania
WOLTS initially focuses on mining investments in pastoral areas of Mongolia and Tanzania. Our two-year study on the threats to women’s land tenure security in Mongolia and Tanzania investigates the state of women’s land tenure security through participatory fieldwork in selected communities and seeks to identify the main threats to women’s land rights. The logic for this is to fill a gap in current research on LSLAs, which is heavily biased towards looking at agricultural investments and impacts on small-scale farmers, and because attention to pastoralists and mining LSLAs is rare. The study applies our empowerment lens to assess possible means to secure women’s land rights from internal threats within communities, and to support communities as a whole to withstand external threats. We will find solutions (and develop both generic and contextually-appropriate tools) that include developing the capacity of local people, partner organisations, and land tenure governance institutions and processes to protect women’s land rights.
Study outcomes and methodology
There are three sequential short-term outcomes to our study in Mongolia and Tanzania:
1. Develop study methodology and select two study communities in each country; then
2. Carry out baseline surveys and participatory research on internal and external threats to women’s land tenure security in all four selected communities, to strengthen the evidence base; and then
3. Develop, test, refine and disseminate tools to strengthen capacities to respond to threats and contribute to tangible improvements in women’s land rights.
We are piloting and refining the overall WOLTS project methodology during the study in Mongolia and Tanzania. Working with local land rights/natural resources civil society partners who are committed to enhancing participation, social inclusion and gender equality, we will:
• establish the national context and select communities to work with that are also genuinely open to working with us;
• conduct baseline surveys and participatory research to identify threats to women’s land tenure security;
• produce an initial overview report based on this fieldwork and identification and analysis of threats, and an accompanying policy brief highlighting main findings;
• develop, test, refine, adapt to context and disseminate a series of practical tools (detailed guidance and ‘how-to’ notes) for NGOs/CSOs and local governments to use in supporting women’s land rights during their work with communities, as well as tools for communities, NGOs/CSOs and local governments to use in engaging with investors bringing LSLAs.
The study will take place through six phases, with two phases linked to each of the three study outcomes. These are: Phase 1 (Inception) and Phase 2 (Community Selection) under Outcome 1; Phase 3 (Baseline Survey) and Phase 4 (Participatory Research) under Outcome 2; and Phase 5 (Tools Testing) and Phase 6 (Dissemination and Capacity Building) under Outcome 3.
For further information please see our website (www.mokoro.co.uk) or contact:
Dr Elizabeth Daley firstname.lastname@example.org, Mokoro Principal Consultant and WOLTS Team Leader.
Zoe Driscoll email@example.com, Mokoro Research Officer.
In Mongolia please contact:
Lkhamdulam Natsagdorj firstname.lastname@example.org (99 184280), Managing Director of our project partners People Centered Conservation (PCC).
POSITIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
- Senior Researcher, Women’s Land Tenure Security Action Research
- International Director, People Centered Conservation Mongolia
- Social Studies