Women’s land tenure security project (WOLTS)
Mokoro, Multi country
WOLTS is Mokoro’s strategic and practical action-research project on gender and land.
For more than five years, WOLTS has been working with local partners People Centered Conservation (PCC) in Mongolia and HakiMadini in Tanzania, investigating the intersection of gender and land relations in different mining-affected pastoralist contexts, and developing a methodology for long-term community engagement and capacity building to protect and support the land rights of all vulnerable people.
Employing a range of rigorous participatory fieldwork approaches, with multiple site visits to validate and triangulate data, the WOLTS project aims to strengthen the evidence base, collaborate with local and national stakeholders to identify ways to secure land rights, and support communities to withstand threats to their land and natural resources through a contextually-appropriate programme of training men and women community ‘champions’ on gender and land.
WOLTS is led by Mokoro Principal Consultant, Dr. Elizabeth Daley, who is joined on the Mokoro core team by Researchers Zoe Driscoll and Jim Grabham.
In Mongolia, the WOLTS team has also partnered with the government’s Agency for Land Administration and Management, Geodesy and Cartography (ALAMAC) in the design of new technical guidance on gender to support participatory local land management planning. These ‘gender guidelines’ were designed to strengthen inclusivity within Mongolia’s existing public consultations process during medium-term soum (district) development planning, and have been shared with local land officers across Mongolia.
The ‘gender guidelines’ are available in English here and in Mongolian here. Read our latest WOLTS blog about them: ‘Gender guidelines to be distributed in all 330 districts of Mongolia – pilot study supports national roll-out of participatory land use planning’, available here.
Read our WOLTS Team Perspectives blog series:
No.1 – ‘Seats of power – women’s land rights and chairs’ is available here;
No.2 – ‘How role-play changed two Maasai communities’ is available here;
No.3 – ‘How Anna Letaiko got her land’ is available here;
No.4 – ‘Young champions – hope for Mongolia’s herding traditions’ is available here;
No.5 – ‘How COVID-19 is bringing Mongolia’s herding families back together’ is available here.
Read our Team Leader’s reflections on the early impacts of our work to date here.
Sign up to our general WOLTS mailing list here.