CLEAR Programmes

  • Food Security - The Severity of food shortages and continuing deterioration of food production and consumption provides CLEAR with an opportunity to develop and initiate pilot interventions, which could alleviate food insecurity at household levels e.g. supporting poor landless women to access common land for farming activities and providing them with relevant inputs. Additional efforts will be put into cooperating with agricultural scientific centres of excellence and experts to strengthen interaction and information/technological flow to the communities and documenting best practices.
  • Urban Settlement, Housing and Shelter It is crucial to take cognizance of the rural and urban poor particularly those living in slums and informal settlements given the rapid urbanisation in the region. The proliferation of slums and informal settlements in Africa is continuing to breed urban poverty. This offers CLEAR the opportunity to address slum policies, incorporate security of tenure enhancing housing rights of the poor with specific provisions for poor women.
  • Conflict over Land and Natural Resources has and is growing in different regions and people are threatened by deprivation of property, goods and services and the right to return to their homes of origin, as well as by violence and insecurity. CLEAR shall intervene by doing research on the patterns and magnitude of the problem and identifying intervention strategies targeting refugees , returnees and internally displaced persons in countries such as Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Burundi. It mileages in this regard by linking up with peace and dispute resolution organisations such as RECONCILE, Africa Peace Forum, Peacenet AFRICA, Somali Women's Agenda, IIDA Women's Development Network which already have presence on the ground. The UNHCR and instruments such as Arusha Peace Accord and the Protocol on Repatriation of Refugees, and Reinstallation of Displaced People (Article 4) has been handy. The availability of peace negotiations offers CLEAR the synergistic opportunity to network and contribute towards mainstreaming women's issues. 
  • HIV & AIDS - The question of land ownership is aggravated by the prevalence of HIV/AIDS pandemic, which affects and affects women and men disproportionately. In defining CLEAR's role on HIV/AIDS there's a logical choice as an entry point for CLEAR to mainstream HIV/AIDS in all its programs and partner understand and address the powerful linkages between the pandemic with other initiatives/bodies in order to understand and address and the land issue.
  • Partnership with Organisations & Agencies working on Land - CLEAR will establish partnership with existing intergovernmental organisations, agencies and organisations working on land such as: the AU-NEPAD; the RECs (EAC, SADC, ICGLR, IGAD, COMESA), UN agencies (UNIFEM, HABITAT, UNEP, UNAIDS, UNEECA, UNDP), International, Regional and National NGOs, National Land Alliances (KLA, ULA, Land Network, Rwanda), EASSI, Institute of Agrarian Studies, ACTS, African Centre for Gender and Development in Southern African Awareness, MS-Danish, SNV), bilateral agencies and gender specific organisations.
  • International Instruments & Commitments - A whole array of international convenants, treaties and frameworks exist providing anchorage of initiatives on livelihoods. Such include the Millenium Development Goals, World Summit on Sustainable Development, World Conference on population and Development, Conference on Human Settlement, Human Rights treaties such as CEDAW Article 5 (d) and (e), and International Committee on Social, Economic and Cultutral Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 14 (1). 
  • International & Regional forums offer opportunities for CLEAR to dialogue and share as well as receive information


Map of Sub-Saharan AfricaSource: Updated from courtesy of University of Texas Libraries

CLEAR's long-term vision is a society where women and men have equal rights of access, control and ownership to land, property, other land-based natural resources and  their benefits.

CLEAR's mission is to influence the formulation and implementation of gender sensitive policies, laws and structures on land.

CLEAR's purpose is therefore to establish 'Secure and Equitable Land Rights for Women'

CLEAR's main goal is anchored on women gainig enduring rights to land in their own right, as citizens.

Operationally, CLEAR's Niche is in influencing policy; undertaking participatory and action research, advocacy and networking; and capacity building with regard to women's land/property rights.

CLEAR's Values include:
  • Women's human rights, gender equality, equity and sensitivity
  • Social and economic justice
  • Solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, especially women
  • Collaboration with initiatives working towards improving women's livelihoods
  • Transparency and accountability