Within an ongoing project, Landesa is one of the implementing partners in USAID’s new four-year project to support the Government of Liberia in strengthening its institutional, policy, legal and regulatory framework for land governance. Within this project, Landesa will provide technical assistance to the government and other partners around the implementation of gender equitable land rights, as embodied within the policy and legal framework. The selected partners for Landesa in Liberia are currently TetraTech and USAID (September 2015 to June 2020).
Previous support from Landesa in Liberia, funded by USAID, has included:
- A nationwide study, designed in collaboration with the National Land Commission, of customary tenure regimes to identify means to recognize customary land rights and to improve the tenure security of rural communities. Findings from the study informed the National Land Commission’s design of land policy.
- A women’s land rights study to assess the rights of women and girls under both statutory and customary law, and made recommendations for legal and non-legal approaches to enhance the equity and effectiveness of the governance framework for property in Liberia. Landesa also provided policy recommendations to the Land Commission for protecting and strengthening women’s land tenure security through the draft Land Rights Policy.
- Following the recommendations of the women’s land rights report, Landesa oversaw the establishment of a Women’s Land Rights Taskforce, co-chaired by the Ministry of Gender and Development and the Land Commission. The Task Force has provided critical inputs into the land policy process, ensuring that land administration regulations, rules, and procedures are consistent with statutory protections for women’s property rights, and working to ensure that rural women have a voice in the policy process.