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NRMC is happy to announce the release of The Brief towards “The Voluntary Guidelines and the World Bank: Gender Equitable Land Governance in Odisha” at Washington DC. This is a result of a study commissioned by the World Bank (and conducted by NRMC) to document Odisha’s experience and emerging best practices for Gender Equitable Land Governance (GELG). The objective was to assess and analyze the efforts of the State towards GELG in relation to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of land, Fisheries and Forests, in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), to document the best practices and identify challenges and to suggest recommendations for policy and institutional arrangements, capacity building and strategies.


The Brief explains how a successful partnership between the state government, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) facilitated women’s secure access to and ownership and control over land resources. It also describes how the influence of donors, such as the World Bank, reinforces the State government's effort to operationalize gender sensitive land governance and also shares the experiences of CSO led initiatives in enhancing women’s land rights across different landscapes beyond homestead lands. It highlights ‘best practice’ examples towards women’s equitable and secure land rights.

This study is a reflection of the compelling commitment at NRMC towards Gender Equitable Governance and Development. Over the 12 years of its existence, NRMC has proactively worked on areas of Women Inclusion and Equitable Rights. Our work in this area has extended from promoting political leadership and governance for women to integrated women empowerment models in agriculture; from gender analysis on access to power to role of women in sanitation promotion and from gender disaggregated impacts of electrification at household, community and economic levels to banking for women. In this journey we have been fortunate to work with the Government, Multi-lateral Agencies, Civil Society Organisations and Business & Industry. As we look forward, we are convinced that no development can take place in the absence of inclusion and empowerment of women. Towards this, we will continue our journey with proactive enthusiasm and commitment.

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