For Immediate Release
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Organizers of a program to support women’s inheritance and land rights in Afghanistan presented project accomplishments, best practices and lessons learned at a conference in Kabul today.
The USAID Land Reform in Afghanistan (LARA) project sought to develop Afghan capacity to successfully design, manage, and implement land-tenure reform for land-market development.
The project also supported Afghanistan’s first-ever nationwide communications campaign on women’s inheritance and property rights. Fifty billboards were posted throughout Kabul, and 200 radio and TV advertisements aired on two television stations and five radio stations nationwide, reaching at least two million Afghans. The project has trained more than 3,000 Afghans, including 500 women, from private and public sectors in Kabul, Balkh, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Kunduz in technical, gender, community-based dispute resolution and general management areas.
In Jalalabad, LARA helped a local company survey urban informal settlement, documenting land ownership, boundaries and the size of land parcels for 2,800 properties. The project also helped the Municipality of Jalalabad create a new procedure to establish land ownership in unregistered settlements, which can be replicated in other areas in Afghanistan.
LARA also helped the Independent Land Authority of Afghanistan (Arazi) develop a Cadastral Data Management System for digitalizing land ownership records. A cadaster, or cadastral survey, determines or records property boundaries, subdivision lines, buildings, and similar factors.
“Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA) is processing women inheritance cases referred to various institutions as a result of the awareness campaign.” We are committed to continue to provide legal education to the general public that women’s land rights are protected by law under the Constitution of Afghanistan,” Minister of Women’s Affairs Husn Bano Ghazanfar said.
“Land reform is a long process, and its results are measured in decades,” USAID Office of Infrastructure and Economic Growth Director Charles Drilling said. “Through its Land Reform in Afghanistan Project, USAID has helped the Afghan government lay solid foundations in this process. Gains achieved by the project should stimulate further land reform, and help protect the rights of women and minority groups to legal entitlements including land access and inheritance.”
The project is scheduled to end on Jan. 30, 2014.
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