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Women’s Land Rights | Call for Proposals 2020 (deadline 31-1-2020)

Research Consortium has launched a Call for Proposals 2020: Women’s Land Rights Research Consortium Research Grant on the Effectiveness of Interventions to Improve Women’s Land Tenure Security.

The Research Consortium on Women’s Land Rights is a community of learning and practice that works to increase the quantity and strengthen the quality of research on interventions to advance women’s land and resource rights. With this RFP, the Research Consortium seeks to address gaps in knowledge and evidence on what works and what does not work to improve land and resource rights for women in practice. 

The objectives of the research grants are to:

  1. Contribute to the body of knowledge on gender-differentiated results of interventions that seek to reform land and resource tenure in a given context.
  2. Understand the attributes of interventions, policies, and reforms that make them better or worse for women.
  3. Understand the context in which these interventions take place and how that influences their outcomes.
  4. Develop and disseminate best practices for research and programming that seeks to reduce poverty, ensure better resource management, or improve gender equity through land and resource tenure related reforms. 
  5. Build or strengthen capacity to do research on gender and land rights in a way that helps to shift and shape policy and practice.

Types of projects that will be eligible for research grants 
Grants will be awarded for research projects that address one or more of the following topics:

  • On interventions that address all the dimensions of tenure security for women: completeness, durability, and robustness. See here for an explanation of these terms.
  • On the value to women of documenting land and property rights in tenure systems other than private, individual tenure (e.g. collectively held lands).
  • On interventions that improve women’s participation in governance bodies of collectively held lands and an examination of under what conditions inclusion on governance bodies improves outcomes for women.
  • On the intra-household effects of land rights reforms, especially for women in male-headed households.
  • On the sustainability of interventions or outcomes once donors are no longer involved.
  • On the potential for scaling specific interventions and positive and negative outcomes of doing so.
  • On land tenure interventions appropriate to the experience of women in different stages of life or with diverse life experiences, e.g., never married, widowed, disabled, economically poor, rural, urban.
  • On how to effectively foster and support social norm change to the benefit of both women and men.

Eligibility criteria

  • Grantees must be based in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Grant-funded research must be undertaken in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Applicants must have a proven history and background on similar research
  • Applicants may be organizations or individuals.
  • Must be able to be completed by the key deadlines provided below.
  • More than one entry per applicant is acceptable.
  • Applications must clearly state a research question that aligns with the eligible topics above.
  • Applications and reports must be submitted in English.
  • Grant proposals can build on other research and can use existing data if available.

Key Dates
All dates/times are Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC +10

  • Call Information Webinar Session-Wednesday 22nd January 5 pm. 
  • The closing date for applications is Friday 31st January 2020. 
  • Grants awarded by Friday 7th February 2020. 
  • The first draft of reports must be completed by Friday 6th March 2020. 

Total grant amount
 The total budget for grant proposals must not exceed $20,000.

How to apply

  • Email to request your application package.
  • Applications for the 2020 Women’s Land Rights Research Consortium Research Grant on the Effectiveness of Interventions to improve Women’s Land Tenure Security must be submitted using the Annex One in the application package.
  • Instructions on the form, including word length and process, must be followed to be eligible.

Further information
A webinar will be held (and recorded) on Wednesday 22nd January, 2020 at 5pm (AEST +10 UTC) where the Research Consortium representatives will explain the grant criteria.

Register to attend the webinar by clicking the link to zoom below.

Questions can be asked during the webinar (online) or can be submitted by Thursday 23rd January 2020 by emailing

If you cannot attend the webinar but would like a copy of the webinar recording, please email