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2017 World Bank Land and Poverty conference


The 2017 World Bank Land and Poverty conference will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. It will convene under the theme, 'Responsible Land Governance: Towards an Evidence-Based Approach'.

The Conference will focus on the role of data and evidence for realizing land policy reform, and identify strategies for working at scale and monitoring achievements.

Thematic sessions will address, inter alia:

  • research on land governance and rigorous impact evaluations;
  • delivering land administration services at scale;
  • harnessing geospatial data,
  • cloud platforms, and other data technologies;
  • land and urbanization;
  • land for infrastructure,
  • investment,
  • disaster risk reduction; and
  • securing land rights for equity, sustainability and resilience.  

dates: 20-24 March 2017  
venue: World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433  
location: Washington D.C., US  

2017 Conference themes

  1. Research on land governance and rigorous impact evaluations
    • Academic research on governance of land and natural resource tenure systems and institutions
    • Impact on sustainable development and equity
    • Results of rigorous impact evaluations of “land interventions” using counterfactual; methodological considerations.
  2. Delivering land administration services at scale
    • Cost effective and fast expansion of coverage
    • Reliability, transparency and monitoring performance
    • Linking land information systems to tax, courts, land use and financial institutions
    • Business models for service delivery
    • Addressing capacity gaps, fit-for-purpose
  3. Harnessing geospatial data, cloud platforms, and other data technologies
    • Policy application automated data analysis
    • Combining administrative data, statistics and geospatial data
    • Open data and open source
    • Spatial data infrastructure and data access
    • Standards and interoperability, block chains, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), mobile phones and participatory mapping
  4. Land and urbanization
    • Tenure dimension of competitive cities and agglomeration
    • Land pooling and land readjustment
    • Tenure regularization, valuation and taxation
    • land value capture, PPP (Public Private Partnerships) and benefit sharing
  5. Land for infrastructure, investment, disaster risk reduction
    • Eminent domain, expropriation and compensation
    • Safeguards, mediation and grievances
    • Legacy issues, guidelines for responsible large-scale and land-based investments
    • ESG (Environmental Social Governance), standards, commodity round tables and (territorial) Certification
    • Benefit sharing, inclusive business models and monitoring compliance
  6. Securing land rights for equity, sustainability, and resilience
    • Institutions for managing the commons and customary land, forests and natural resources
    • Pastoralism, gender, youth
    • Indigenous peoples’ tenure systems
    • Combatting climate change

2017 Conference structure (see program), Live streaming

  • March 20: Pre-conference workshop and official opening at 4:30 p.m.
  • March 21, 22 and 23: Parallel thematic tracks with oral presentations and policy round table discussions. Final session will be followed by a reception on March 23.
  • March 23: "Lightning Talks" and demonstrations on geospatial data and technology solutions for land governance challenges  
  • March 24: Learning Day with presentations of tools, instruments and approaches via MasterClasses, workshops and field visits 

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