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Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, 2015

23-27th of March, 2015, Washington, DC

The World Bank is has announced the 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty being held from March 23 – 27, 2015 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. Participants include leaders and professionals from across governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and partners to interact and discuss innovative approaches to improving land governance. Last year’s conference attracted more than 1,000 participants from 101 countries; 60 percent of participants were from developing countries, about a fourth representing government officials and another fourth from international organizations.

The theme for 2015 is Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity. The topic highlights that while land tenure affects the distribution of assets between men and women, generations, and social groups, patterns of land use will have far-reaching implications for welfare and other socio-economic outcomes at household, community, or landscape level. Although they are by no means a silver bullet, recent innovations in geospatial technologies provide exciting opportunities to document and analyze determinants as well as impacts of land use change that are of great relevance for policy, projects, and research in this area.

The thematic areas for the 2015 Conference are:

  •     Land tenure, climate smart land use, and resilience.
  •     The role of land tenure in effecting urban form, density, and urban-rural linkages.
  •     Impacts of large scale land-based investment, implementation challenges, and policy implications.
  •     Scalable approaches to improving tenure security and their impacts.
  •     Using standards-based geospatial technologies to monitor land use and improve land governance.
  •     Harnessing the potential of open data for transparency.
  •     Advances with securing and protecting land rights from a gender perspective.
  •     Innovations on improving access to justice.
  •     Tenure security in conflict states and resource rich economies
  •     Benchmarking, performance monitoring and policy dialogue: from local to global

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