Respect, protect and strengthen the land rights of women and men living in poverty, ensuring that no one is deprived of the use and control of the land on which their well-being and human dignity depend, including through eviction, expulsion or exclusion, and with compulsory changes to tenure undertaken only in line with international law and standards on human rights.

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Musahar Women

Activating the National Human Rights Commission to secure land and homes for Muhasar people

The Social Development Foundation (SDF) sent a petition to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India to solicit food and housing rights for the Muhasars, one of the poorest Scheduled Castes (SCs) in Udayapura village, Uttar Pradesh. Thanks to continuous advocacy during four years, the...

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Community-led restoration of forest resources improves community cohesion and livelihoods

Since 1987, the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) has worked in central Odisha to strengthen traditional systems of forest protection and restoration. FES’ intervention has contributed to the development of community-based forest management institutions in the Angul District. These...

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Legal competitions as a tool for awareness raising

The Transitional Programme of Post-Conflict Reconstruction (PTRPC), implemented by the Government of Burundi and financed by IFAD, has provided legal support to poor rural communities. Working towards the goals of peace, economic empowerment and access to rights for women, PTRPC implemented a...

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Linking national and international campaigns helps reverting land grab

In March 2011, 769 families from fourteen Q’eqchi communities were evicted from the Polochic Valley, Guatemala, to allow further expansion of sugar cane plantations. Through its international CRECE (“Grow”) campaign, Oxfam supported the national organization Comité de Unidad Campesina (CUC -...

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Network of legal services facilitated the legalization of 3353 rural properties

The Agrarian Reform of the 1980s in Nicaragua left some 50,000 beneficiaries without adequate regularization of their land tenure. The Rural Legal Services Program (PSL) by Nitlapan-UCA established a national network of lawyers and specialists in regularization, legal technical assistance and...

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RISD’s intervention in pro-poor land policy implementation in Rwanda

This story shows the impact of a successful intervention by the Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development (RISD) in contributing to the implementation of pro-poor and equitable land policies in Rwanda. Through evidence-based awareness raising efforts, dialogue, advocacy and networking, RISD...

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