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Inheritance and the intergenerational transmission of poverty

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Time (GMT +01) 00:00 23:59

Speakers

Kate Bird, ODI

Elizabeth Cooper, Oxford University

Jessica Espey, Save the Children

Cheryl Doss, Yale University

Ruth Evans, Reading University

Caroline Day, Reading University

Amber Peterman, IFPRI

Neha Kumar, IFPRI

Carolyn Lesorogol and Gina Chowa, Washington University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Fati Alhassan, Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation

Robert Miller, Queens University

Discussants

Rachel Moussie, Action Aid

Steve Wiggins, ODI

Angela Langenkamp, GTZ

Description

Asset ownership supports social mobility. It influences a person’s ability to move out of poverty, underpins household livelihoods and supports coping strategies and investment. Land is the most important asset in low income developing countries and most people gain access to land through inheritance. However, ownership and control of land is highly gendered and women hold only 1-2% of individually titled land. Women rarely inherit and access land through their fathers, husbands, sons or brothers. This has implications for women’s agency and well-being and also in their ability to invest in their children with implications for the intergenerational transmission of poverty.