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Graduate Student Research (2020 Deadline)

Ghana - Project E3-001: An Assessment of Land Governance and its Effects on Socio-Economic Empowerment of Gender

Mentor: Benjamin Doe, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi
Mentee: Valentina Nyame
Dates: July 2020 - December 2022

Project Overview:

While granting rights-based access to land, such as by titling, has been advocated by several studies on African land governance as an important pathway in promoting socioeconomic gender empowerment, little is known about how different forms of access can lead to gender empowerment, especially among women. This empirical research study will systematically address this gap in research by investigating the nature of gendered land access in Ghana and how gender differentials can be addressed in the land governance processes to influence socioeconomic empowerment. By identifying the impacts of structural and relational access mechanisms on gender empowerment, this research will assess how people perceive such impacts to their livelihoods and thus help policymakers in identify gender considerations that should be integrated within the land governance process to achieve positive outcomes. Moreover, the study seeks to conduct a thorough review of the existing and burgeoning literature on the phenomenon. This thorough review is envisaged to lead to the publication of a scientific paper on what is known, as well as the scientific knowledge gap. This should represent an important contribution to the existing discourse on the phenomenon, and the findings of the study will be made available to government agencies, international organizations, academia, and non-governmental organizations to inform policies, programs, and plans on women's access and active participation in the land governance process. Further, available data from USAID will be analyzed using the appropriate analytical tools so as to achieve the research objectives and thus unearth results that will provide evidence-based information to inform existing policy, plans, programs and projects.