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Strengthening Women’s Land Rights in Rural Tanzania: Results from an Impact Evaluation of USAID’s Land Tenure Assistance Activity

In rural Tanzania, as in many other low- and middle-income countries, land is a crucial asset that supports livelihoods and enables individuals and households to expand their economic opportunities. Most Tanzanians in rural areas are farmers who obtained their land through long-standing customary norms. However, weak land rights protections and a lack of documented ownership…Read More

Transforming Land Rights Management in Tanzania

In Tanzania, smallholder land registrations are critical to protecting local land rights. However, since passing the Village Act in 1999 to provide for the management of village lands, the process of registration has moved slowly due to limited operational capacity. To bring the law into full effect, procedures for registration and administration need to be…Read More

What’s new with MAST?

USAID’s Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) initiative started small. Launched in 2014 in three pilot villages, the initial goal was to test a simple but powerful idea: with some training and support, could underserved communities use mobile phone mapping technology and participatory approaches to document and secure their land rights? Five years and four…Read More

Her Land Rights

By USAID PUBLICATIONS How documented property rights gave a Tanzanian widow financial stability Asiah Samila is a farmer with five children. She lives in Mlanda, a village located outside Iringa in central Tanzania. When Asiah’s husband died, their youngest child was just a newborn. He left her with their house and farmland in Mlanda village….Read More

USAID’s MAST mobile tech programs promote women’s empowerment in Tanzania and Zambia

By Deborah Espinosa and Patrick Gallagher, USAID’s Land Technology Solutions Program Persistent and pervasive gender inequality is a global development challenge that constrains economic growth, educational opportunities, and health outcomes. It jeopardizes food security and undermines poverty reduction strategies. The world over, some formal and many informal laws and customs operate to hinder women’s empowerment…Read More