Women’s Land Rights & Privatization in Eastern Africa


Daley, Elizabeth, and Brigit Englert, eds. 2008. Women’s Land Rights & Privatization in Eastern Africa. Oxford, UK: James Currey.

Authors: Birgit Englert , Elizabeth Daley



This volume focuses on the impact on women's land rights from the contemporary drive towards the formulation and implementation of land tenure reforms which aim primarily at the private registration of land. It is solidly grounded in the findings from seven case studies, all based on in-depth qualitative research, from various regions of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The detailed, local level research in this volume not only challenges the status quo, but demonstrates that another world is possible and documents the many ways women in Eastern Africa are finding to ensure their rights to land. Birgit Englert is Assistant Professor in the Department of African Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria; Elizabeth Daley is an independent land consultant.

Table of Contents:

1. Breathing Life into Dead: Theories about Property Rights in Rural Africa Lessons from Kenya

Celestine Nyamu-Musembi

2. ‘Go Home & Clear the Conflict’: Human Rights Perspectives On Gender & Land In Tanzania

Ingunn Ikdahl

3. Gender, Uenyeji, Wealth, Confidence & Land in Kinyanambo: The Impact of Commoditization, Rural–Urban Change & Land Registration in Mufundi District, Tanzania

Elizabeth Daley

4. Changing Land Rights & Gendered Discourses: Examples from the Uluguru Mountains Tanzania

Birgit Englert

5. Falling Between Two Stools: How Women’s Land Rights Are Lost Between State & Customary Law in Apac District, Northern Uganda

Judy Adoko and Simon Levine

6. Struggling with In-Laws & Corruption in Kombewa Division, Kenya: The Impact of HIV/AIDS On Widows’ & Orphans’ Land Rights

Samwel Ong’wen Okuro

7. Women & Land Arrangements in Rwanda: A Gender-Based Analysis of Access To Natural Resources

An Ansoms and Nathalie Holvoet


Topics: Gender, Women, Land Tenure, Privatization, Rights, Land Rights, Women's Rights Regions: Africa, Central Africa, East Africa Countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

Year: 2008

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