Fueling Economic Advancement and Empowerment Through Land Rights

The majority of the poor in developing countries share two key characteristics: they live off the land, and they lack secure land rights. Insecure land rights keep farmers on the edge of survival, women invisible and marginalized, and communities at constant risk of exploitation and dispossession. Land rights are fundamentally connected to concerns around livelihoods, development, conservation, women’s rights, governance, conflict resolution, migration, and refugees, but are often overlooked in efforts to address these issues.

Please join Open Society for a conversation with Chris Jochnick and Tim Hanstad of Landesa, which has been working for over 50 years to reform laws and bolster local land rights advocates in more than 50 countries around the world. This discussion explores the importance of land rights to open society priorities, how land rights create a foundation for other interventions, and the opportunities and challenges facing a growing land rights movement.


  • Chris Jochnick is the CEO of Landesa.
  • Tim Hanstad is the cofounder and senior advisor of Landesa, where he served as CEO and president for more than a decade.
Date: July 14, 2016
Time: 12:301:30 p.m.