As a Pathways intern, this summer I was able to spend time supporting Pathways with both CARE Bangladesh and CARE India.
A major component of the Pathways India Program has focused on improving women’s land rights to bring about transformative change in communities. Gaby and I were able to meet with Landesa, CARE’s technical partner specializing in land literacy awareness, to learn about how they have contributed to the Pathways program.
Landesa partners with governments and local organizations to ensure that the world’s poorest families have secure rights over the land they till. Founded as the Rural Development Institute, Landesa has helped more than 100 million poor families gain legal control over their land since 1967. When families have secure rights to land, they can invest in their land to sustainably increase their harvests and reap the benefits – improved nutrition, health, education, and dignity – for generations. In nearly 50 years, working in more than 50 countries, Landesa has helped strengthen land rights for millions of families.
When Landesa’s work began with CARE, Pathways was already running several livelihoods-focused project components through its five implementing partners. Landesa and CARE collaborated to train self-help groups of rural women and other collectives on land literacy, empowering them to demand their land rights and make decisions about its use. The program aims at generating land rights demand from women so that their land can be used productively and contribute to greater socio-economic security for the women and their households.
Empowered rural women with secure land titles are able to use their land productively and provide a better future for their families and communities. In this way Landesa’s work with Pathways is contributing to long-term transformation in India.
Supporting Pathways has been a pleasure and I wish the Bangladesh and India teams all the best for their work in the future!
Contributed by: Helena Worrall