Women, marriage and asset inheritance in Uganda

April 2011
Cheryl Doss, Mai Truong, Gorrettie Nabanoga & Justine Namaalwa (Chronic Poverty Research Centre Working Paper 184)

Examines relationships between inheritance, marriage and asset ownership. Land the most important asset in rural Uganda. The majority of couples (both married and those in consensual unions) report owning land jointly. Men who report owning a parcel of land are much more likely than women to say they inherited it. Inheritance not an important means of acquisition of other assets, e.g. livestock, business assets, financial assets, consumer durables, which are acquired through purchase, for both men and women.