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Showing the Way

By Land and Rural Development Program in Colombia Individualization of Collectively Held Lands To deliver individual land titles to rural families What is the Context? Between 1996 and 2000, the Colombian government awarded collective land titles to approximately 150 families in the municipality of Fuentedeoro (Meta), under the condition that they would become members of…Read More

Importance of Property Rights for Women

This editorial was originally published on the Voice of America Website.  Changing property and inheritance laws “may be the most critical” step in ensuring “women’s full and free participation in local economies.” The right to own property is a key necessity to fully integrate women into a nation’s economy. Speaking on a Women’s Global Development…Read More

Making History: 1,000 Land Titles

By Land and Rural Development Program in Colombia The Ovejas pilot is facilitating property rights for around 2,900 campesinos, more than half of whom are rural women, while simultaneously updating the cadaster information for 5,600 land parcels. Colombian President Iván Duque attended a historic event to witness the delivery of 1,058 land titles to rural…Read More

Land Titles: Come Rain or Shine

A look at the public expositions and the final steps of Colombia’s first massive land formalization program By Land and Rural Development Program in Colombia At 6 a.m., Gloria Esperanza is already out back in the kitchen, stoking the fire. It’s Tuesday morning, her daughter-in-law is up, and it has been raining since 3 a.m….Read More

Colombia: Land and Livelihoods

USAID Colombia Land & Rural Development Program Between 2013 and 2019, USAID Colombia’s Land and Rural Development Program supported the government of Colombia in bringing displaced victims of conflict back to their land; providing these and other poor rural families with legal certainty of land ownership; catalyzing investments in public goods and services that support…Read More