Landesa Rural Development Institute: 2016 Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program

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Deadline: 28 February 2016

Landesa Rural Development Institute (LRDI) is currently seeking applications for six weeks long Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals program, to support motivated professionals to enhance their ability to improve women’s land rights in the developing world. The Program seeks to cultivate a network of qualified professionals from around the world who are strongly committed to securing women’s land rights at local, national, and international levels.

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The program’s goal is to enhance and learn from participants’ expertise, to support their commitment to securing women’s land rights, and to foster participation in a global women’s land rights network.

Areas of Interest                             

  • Identify and address challenges to securing women’s land rights within the local and broader global development context, as well as geographic, social, and political realities.
  • Expand the set of options, approaches, and potential solutions based on comparative experiences and expertise in legal and policy reform and implementation and in the design, execution, and evaluation of women’s land rights interventions.
  • Foster a worldwide network of women’s land rights colleagues to serve as resource and support.
  • Enhance their impact with stronger leadership, management, and communication skills.


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The program covers the cost of tuition, obtaining a US visa, roundtrip flights, airport transfers in the US, lodging, and public transportation, and provides a modest stipend for food and other living expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants must be currently based and working in India, China, Ghana, Liberia, or Tanzania due to current funding guidelines.
  • Professionals currently working in-country for national or international organizations, NGOs, academic institutions, government agencies, etc.
  • Practitioners, policy advocates, community organizers, educators, and other development professionals strongly committed to strengthening women’s land rights.
  • Professionals with at least five years’ development experience, with two of those years focused on issues related to land tenure or women’s rights.
  • Professionals with advanced English proficiency skills (speaking, reading, and writing).

How to Apply

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  • Applicants must download the application form via given website and also submit required documents:
    • Letter of interest
    • One writing sample (five-pages maximum)
  • Finalists will be notified for interviews by April, and selected program participants will be notified and announced by May 2016.

For more information, Please visit Visiting Professionals Program.