As mentioned in the at the page under which we discuss land rights and the importance of equal land rights – soil is a limited resource. As a resource it creates competition, and have been at the center stage for several conflicts in Africa and around the globe. Moreover, it have forced people to leave their home, creating a lack of secure tenure.
Based on this fact, and the overall importance of secure tenure and equal land rights – MUD Africa has two ongoing partnerships in Malawi aiming at establishing secure tenure for the families and individuals affected by our projects.
MUD Africa works and advocates equality of land rights in both rural and urban environments. In the long run, equality of land rights leads to equal opportunities for women and men, combating poverty, increasing democracy and citizens’ ability to influence their own lives. For long-term and lasting results, we consider it essential that entire residential areas participate in the project process. Together and from the perspective of local residents, the best results are achieved.
MUD Africa has projects in Lilongwe, Kasungu and Mchinji district. All in the central region of Malawi. Read more about our projects and aims below.
Equal Land Rights for All - Lilongwe
The project, and projects carried out in Lilongwe in partnership with LUPPEN are often carried out under the name Equal Land Rights for All. These projects are targeting women and men in Lilongwe peri-urban settlements. The aim is to increase the knowledge of equal land rights within the settlements and that the inhabitants are empowered to use the knowledge to use their right to access land through registration.
The idea for the projects that have been carried out in Lilongwe together with LUPPEN stems from the fact that men and women are equal under Malawian law; still, women are often denied their rights in practice. This is especially true when it comes to land and property rights, which are much tied to culture and custom.
Furthermore, based on the fact that women often lose ground in connection with losing the man she lives with, MUD Africa, in collaboration with a local organization, LUPPEN (Lilongwe Urban Poor People’s Network), teaches about equal rights. By raising awareness of rights, both in men and women, while focusing on the practical approach of registering land and drawing up wills, the conditions for Lilongwe residents will also strengthen their rights.
Our common goal with our partner organization is to increase the knowledge among women and men about human rights, focusing on land rights. The entire residential area is involved in the process, and together we work to achieve our common goals.
Interested in reading more? Feel free to download and read our latest projects carried out with LUPPEN.
Project plan 2019
Project plan 2016-2017
Voice of a Suffering Community - Kasungu & Mchinji
Where a country has extreme inequalities in access to property, failure of the state to take corrective measures represents a violation of the obligation to fulfil the right to property. Malawi is a prime example of such a country according to the Malawi Human Right Commission.
Voice of a Suffering Community is an umbrella term under which projects will be carried out between us (MUD Africa) and the Malawian non-governmental, community-based organization Millennium Information and Resource Centre (MIRECE). Furthermore, the project Voice of a Suffering Community is targeting the ex-tobacco farmer community in the central region of Malawi. The aim is to increase the knowledge of land rights, gender equality and human rights within the suffering community as a means to empower the community to advocate for their rights to human dignity and land rights.
The history of the ex-tobacco farmer community is heartbreaking. In short, this community is today living as an internally displaced community and have up until recently been unrecognized as citizens by the Malawi government. In a long-term perspective, the goal for this projects is to achieve secure tenure for the whole ex-tobacco farmer community.
Read more about the history of the ex-tobacco farmer community in the Master thesis written by Celina Dahl, that conducted field research and acted as a project assistant in one of our projects during the fall of 2017.
Master thesis by Celina Dahl
Also, we have a pending application for funds at Forum Syd, to start-up a new two-year project. We estimate to receive a decision during the first months of 2019.