Introducing WOLTS: Action-oriented research on women's land tenure security in Mongolia and Tanzania
Elizabeth Daley, Kistina Lanz, Yansanjav Narangerel, Amani Mhinda, Zoe Driscoll, Natsagdorj Lkhamdulam, Joyce Ndakaru, Jim Grabham
Pastoralist communities in mineral-rich areas of Mongolia and Tanzania have been the focus of the first two years of the Women’s Land Tenure Security (WOLTS) project, a long-term action-oriented global research project. The first part of this paper outlines the distinct approach and rigorous methodology that WOLTS has developed and applied, using multiple site visits and different research methods to triangulate and validate findings. The second part of the paper presents key findings from the fieldwork in four communities in Mongolia and Tanzania so far, drawing out common themes such as the need for better access to information and more inclusive decision-making in the management of local land and natural resources. As pastoralist communities in many developing countries face increasing pressures from mining, WOLTS’ early conclusions underline the importance of in-depth understanding of gendered social relations and property rights, in order to improve gender equity in governance of tenure.
Event: Land Governance in an Interconnected World_Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty_2018Document type:Introducing WOLTS: Action-oriented research on women's land tenure security in Mongolia and Tanzania (472 kB - pdf)