LandWise was launched in July 2013 by the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights, and was operated by Landesa at the website As of October 1, 2015, Landwise was transferred to Resource Equity, a non-profit organization founded in December 2014 to advance women's rights to land and resources.  To learn more about Resource Equity click here. Landwise is now owned and managed by Resource Equity and material continues to be added regularly. Regular users will see differences in design, but the fundamental mission and efforts of Landwise will continue as before.

LandWise empowers policymakers, researchers, legal practitioners, and women’s advocates to strengthen women’s land  rights around the world through access to relevant and reliable information. LandWise is a free online resource connecting users to legal materials, information about relevant customary practices, and explanatory materials.

How to Use the Practice Guides and the LandWise Database

LandWise is a database containing legal materials and articles about women's land rights. The Practice Guides are intended to help users make use of the materials they locate within LandWise.

We suggest that new users start with the Practice Guide The Research Process. Because LandWise is in its early stages, we do not have all of the legal materials and articles that many researchers will need to conduct their work. By reviewing The Research Process users can identify other sources for locating legal materials and other resources. Once users have located the relevant materials they will want to review the different subject-specific Practice Guides that will help them analyze and understand the materials they've located.

Below is one possible step-by-step approach to using this site:

  1. Review the Practice Guide called The Research Process.
  2. Search the LandWise database for materials on a specific country or topic.
  3. Search for other useful materials in sources identified in The Research Process.
  4. Use the applicable subject-specific Practice Guides to analyze the materials you have located through your research.

All of the Practice Guides are available here.

Collection Development

LandWise is a work in progress and we are adding to our database on an ongoing basis. Our initial collection efforts focused on India and China, where we are currently working. We will continue to collect materials on those countries and are now expanding our collection efforts into several countries in Africa. Our goal is to provide access to land laws and family laws and related material from as many countries as possible. We are interested in legal materials from all levels of government (national, state, and local). If you have any materials you would like to recommend for LandWise, please contact us

We update our database regularly but cannot guarantee that all laws are the most recent versions. Please contact us if you have updated information.

Language and Translations

Many of the legal materials in the LandWise database are English translations of laws. Unless otherwise specified by the applicable government/legal jurisdiction, translations are not official versions of the laws and users should be careful when using translated materials. We collect and provide access to materials in many different languages; however, at this time we cannot provide English translations for all non-English laws.

Full-Text Availability

We strive to make as many full-text materials available as possible. However, some useful resources are copyright protected and we cannot provide free access to full-text copies. In the case of copyright protected articles, we provide a citation and a brief summary of the article and then link users to the source where they can purchase the article.


The information contained in this website is general legal information and should not be construed as legal advice to be applied to any specific factual situation. The information contained in LandWise cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your jurisdiction. 

In the preparation of the information contained on this website, Resource Equity has endeavored to make that information as accurate and current as possible. However, inadvertent errors can occur. Therefore, the information on LandWise is provided "as is," without any guarantee or warranty of any kind, expressed or implied.

This website contains links to other resources on the Internet. Those links are provided as citations and aids to help you identify and locate other Internet resources that may be of interest, and are not intended to state or imply that we sponsor or are affiliated or associated with the persons or entities who created such site, nor are the links intended to state or imply that we are legally authorized to use any trade name, registered trademark, logo, legal or official seal, or copyrighted symbol that may be reflected in the links.

Policy Concerning Intellectual Property Infringement Claims

Claims of alleged copyright or other intellectual property infringement must be in writing. Resource Equity will process and investigate proper notices of alleged copyright or other intellectual property infringement related to material on its websites or servers and will respond appropriately. Under appropriate circumstances, Resource Equity will act expeditiously to remove or disable access to the material that is claimed to be infringing or claimed to be the subject of infringing activity. 

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