Ghana: Gender and the Land Access and Tenure Security Project
This case study identifies good practices and lessons learned about including gender in a project designed to sensitize communities about the importance of securing land rights, build capacity of customary land secretariats, and provide alternative dispute resolution training to traditional authorities in the Northern Region of Ghana.
The three-year project, the “Land Access and Tenure Security Project,” was launched in 2012 and was implemented by a consortium of organizations. This case study focuses on the activities of one of these organizations, the Community Land and Development Foundation (COLANDEF), a Ghanaian NGO that works to clarify land tenure, improve knowledge and under- standing of the customary land sector in Ghana and Africa, and support local farmers to acquire the knowledge to improve the security of their land rights. The project aimed to reduce the gender gap in the use and control of communal land and resources, increase rural women’s involvement in land tenure governance in their communities, and support rural women’s access to productive resources.