Women’s land tenure security project (WOLTS)

2021
Mokoro, Multi country

New report published 16 June 2021 shares findings from WOLTS Stage 2:

Women and Community Land Rights – Investing in Local Champions

Check out the webinar recording and webinar report, and our latest WOLTS blog – To secure equal rights to land, bring men and women together

 

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.

You can read our first four WOLTS blogs from Mongolia hereherehere and here and a blog from Tanzania here. Check out our photo essay from Tanzania here, and our very first WOLTS article here.

To find out more about WOLTS Mongolia, related reports and documentation, please click here.
To find out more about WOLTS Tanzania, related reports and documentation, please click here.

Sign up to our general WOLTS mailing list here.

The people behind the project

Project leader: Elizabeth Daley

Principal Consultant

Principal Researcher

Research Officer