Archived Webinar

Let her Grow: Policy and programmatic interventions to increase women’s land-ownership and security

Private property rights are widely considered one of the most effective instruments to fight gender inequality and promote inclusive growth. A recent analysis based on the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) from 39 countries across different regions, revealed that in all but one country women are less likely than men to claim ownership over land. Both statutory and customary laws disadvantage rural women and contribute to these gaps. Meanwhile, land insecurity is associated with lower investments and can turn out to be a major driver of differences in economic outcomes. This session will present UFGE evidence on barriers to women’s land rights and land tenure and focus on policy and programmatic interventions undertaken in North Macedonia, the Philippines and Mozambique. Speakers will reflect on lessons learned from these interventions and how they can guide similar programs going forward.

This event is part of the World Bank Group’s yearlong Gender Equality and Development +10: Accelerate Equality initiative, which explores the important progress made and lessons learnt over the last 10 years in promoting girl’s & women’s empowerment, women’s leadership, drive for a transformative change toward gender equality, shifting power relations between women and men, and engaging women as agents of change for green, resilient and inclusive development (and for social cohesion, peace & stability in FCV settings). It will also take stock of remaining challenges, while strengthening partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders in the quest to #AccelerateEquality. 

About the Presenters

Ana Maria Oviedo

Ana María Oviedo is a Senior Economist at the Poverty and Equity GP in the World Bank. She leads technical and policy dialogue with governments on issues of poverty, inequality, labor markets, gender and social protection. She currently leads the dialogue with countries in Europe and Central Asia and has worked in Latin America and Africa. She led the chapter on household risk management for the 2014 World Development Report, Risk and Opportunity. She has experience in analysis and technical assistance on business regulation. She has done research on a wide range of topics, including skills, quality of education, employment, informality, and regulation of the product market and productivity. She is Ecuadorian and has a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland.

Hillary Johnson

Hillary C. Johnson is an Economist with the East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab in the East Asia and Pacific Chief Economist Office at the World Bank. Her expertise is in applied research, including impact evaluations and survey design. She has worked on various topics, including gender, entrepreneurship, and socioemotional skills development, and her work has been published in journals including Science and the Journal of Southeast Asian Economies. She holds a Masters degree in International Development Economics from Université Paris Dauphine.

Andrew Peter Brudevold-Newman

Andrew Brudevold-Newman is a development economist in the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab. His research areas include agriculture, education, property rights, and the school to work transition, with a focus on the drivers of gender gaps and social norms. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maryland.

Moderator: Caleb Travis Johnson

Caleb Travis Johnson is a land administration specialist in the World Bank’s Urban, DRM/Resilience, and Land unit for the Middle East & North Africa region. He has worked on numerous land administration projects and initiatives globally that seek to maximize women’s land and property rights. He is currently co-leading a regional assessment for the MENA region concerning issues related to women’s access to land and how messaging can be tailored for addressing these issues along with promoting the benefits of improving women’s tenure security. Caleb holds a Master’s degree in Governance & Public Management from George Mason University.

Target Audience

World Bank/IFC staff, private sector companies, researchers, international organizations, government officials, policymakers, development practitioners and other relevant stakeholders working on addressing gaps in female farmer’s access to productive assets, income, productivity, land-security and overall well-being.

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