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    Registration Ends Before:  February 13th, 2017

     Duration: February 20th, 2017 00:00 - April 16th, 2017 17:00

    Target Audience

    Urban practitioners; national/subnational government officials; city managers; civil society organizations; the private sector; academia; stakeholders in a position to influence decision making.

    This course aims at supporting policy makers and urban practitioners to better respond to the challenge of slums. The course focuses on the conceptual and operational aspects of designing, implementing and sustaining a slum upgrading intervention, while underscoring the main policy and programmatic approaches at city level for scaling up upgrading and better planning for future growth. Specifically, at the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Understand urban slums, their underlying social, economic, and spatial characteristic, how they emerge and consolidate, and their impacts to local communities and the city as a whole;
    • Analyze evolution of policy approaches to addressing urban slums under different contexts, what worked, what did not work, and why; and
    • Review and apply key operational principles and instruments for designing an upgrading intervention, including planning, finance, infrastructure, land tenure, housing, social inclusion, and sustainability.

    Register/more information HERE 

  • The Global Land Tool Network successfully convened the Land and Conflict Coalition Forum at the One Washington Circle Hotel, Washington D.C. from 11th to 12th March 2016. The two-day forum sought to collectively consolidate, shape and determine a way forward for the Coalition by considering the Coalition’s modus operandi in addition to further detailing of the areas of engagement defined during the Land and Conflict Forum that took place in Nairobi on 1 and 2 November 2015. 

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    A cross section of the guests at the Land and Conflict Coalition Forum 11-12 March 2016, Washington D.C. Photo: UN-Habitat/Ombretta Tempra

    The keynote speakers at this Forum included Heath Cosgrove, a Director at USAID and the current Chair of Donor Working Group, Wael Zakout from The World Bank Group and Chaloka Beyani, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons. Also addressing the gathering was David Gabbindadde-Musoke, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Land, Government of Uganda and Joan Kagwanja of the Land Policy Initiative/UNECA.

    The Forum was held just two days before this year’s Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty that is taking place 14-18 March 2016. A side event of the Land and Conflict Coalition is slated for the last day of the Conference where a presentation will be delivered to the participants followed by a discussion of the outcomes of the Forum.

    A detailed programme of the Conference can be viewed here


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    Photo - The World Bank/Deepa Shivaram

    The Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty is a premier venue for government representatives, civil society, academia, the development community, and the private sector to discuss cutting-edge approaches to land governance. This year, the 17th Conference was held from March 14 to 18, 2016 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C.

    This year’s theme, Scaling up Responsible Land Governance, was of particular relevance to link efforts at country, regional and global level.

    The conference paid special attention to working at scale, mainstreaming innovations, and sustaining investmentsin land governance. Conference participants discussed what can be done to guarantee inclusiveness, sustainability, and reliability, build capacity, and ensure that better land information and more tenure security contribute to wider societal objectives and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. 

    The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), facilitated by UN-Habitat, was once again among the conference’s leading sponsors and partners. In a show of commitment to “Securing land and property rights for all”,  the GLTN team hosted two pre-conference high level events covering the work on Land and Conflict and Pro Poor Land Recordation; side events on STDM as a tool for improving land governance and presentation of the outcomes of the land and conflict forum.

    More than 30 papers co-authored with GLTN partners and key international land and property experts were also presented in addition to four Master Classes on pro-poor and gender-responsive land tools and approaches. GLTN tools and approaches were warmly received by participants, particularly in light of on-going efforts within the international land community towards formulating land targets and indicators for inclusion in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 


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    Arnulf Christl (OSGeo) taking participants through plans for developing a web version of the STDM tool. 

    The week-long event saw the keen engagement between GLTN partners and the Secretariat in lively debates, dialogues and bilateral discussions covering a number of work streams. These included but were not limited to women’s land rights, youth engagement, pro-poor land records, land value sharing, city extension and the Continuum of Land Rights.

    GLTN partners were also notably well-positioned within the conference proceedings, and are poised to contribute significantly to current and emerging global efforts at securing land and property rights for the urban and rural poor, women and other vulnerable groups. GLTN showcased the current ongoing major land work in Africa, Asia and Latin America and participate in the physical meeting of the Global Donor Working Group on Land. A visit to the GLTN booth provided participants an opportunity to pick up several publications on securing land and property rights. 

    See images from the Conference here


  • Land Conference 2016 BrandingThe 17th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty will be taking place from March 14 to 18, 2016 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. This year's conference theme will be: 'Scaling up Responsible Land Governance'

    ecording of rights for all is increasingly within reach, with services becoming more affordable and appropriate, making tenure more secure. Technology innovations make geospatial data increasingly accessible, along with the growth in capacity to automate processes and manage information, consumer feedback, and electronic payments. Experience with managing systematic registration at-scale and fit-for purpose approaches, participatory mapping, and other forms of crowd sourcing are expanding.

    The question is no longer whether it can be done but to guarantee inclusiveness, sustainability, reliability, keeping systems current, building capacity and to ensure that better land information and more tenure security contribute to wider societal goals.  Achieving change requires policy space, leadership, courage and sustained effort over time. In particular, land needs to be fully integrated in country strategies, supported by the Finance and Development Ministries in order to transcend policy cycles.  This edition of the conference will pay special attention to working at scale, mainstreaming innovations, and sustaining investments for greater impact.

    For more information, visiti the conference page here

  • WB open learning

    From April 25th to May 20th 2016, two free new online courses; the Land Readjustment course and the  Land Market Assessment course will be piloted.

    1. Land Readjustment: This course is designed to assist policy makers and practitioners to understand the general concepts and empirical applications of land readjustment, and includes detailed case studies of Republic of Korea, Bhutan, India, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Thailand. It also includes a step by step guide on how to design and put in place an LR project.

    Pilot Delivery: April 25 to May 20, 2016 (Apply by April 18)

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    2. An Introduction to Land Market Assessment: This course introduces approaches and methods to collect and analyze data on the operation of the urban land market, both formal and informal. It includes a generic methodology of doing a comprehensive LMA, and demonstrates how the findings of land market assessments can be used to make better planning and investment decisions, or for research to inform policy and regulations.

    Pilot Delivery: April 25 to May 20, 2016 (Apply by April 18)

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    The pilots will be delivered online over a four-week period. Regular deliveries of both courses will start later this year.  With these new additions, the World Bank urban curriculum will now boast 10 courses and will reached more than 4000 participants each year from over 140 countries

    For more information, contact Learning WB at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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    Street Addressing and Management of Cities (Facilitated)

    April 06th, 2016 - May 10th, 2016

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    Cities in developing countries are facing enormous challenges with the demographic explosion and the trend to devolve urban responsibilities to local governments who frequently lack the human, technical and financial resources to manage their city. Street addressing is a crucial first entry point for municipalities, but also to the private sector and the public in general.

    A street address allows municipalities to locate homes, businesses, infrastructure, services and municipal assets in order to perform their functions, such as:

    • manage city improvement, plan new investments and program recurrent maintenance (such as solid waste and street maintenance); public assets inventory.
    • improve tax base identification and local tax collection;
    • address land management issues in cities with weak land registration and judicial systems, and where illegal/informal settlements are prevalent; and,
    • gather and manage a wide range of urban information.

    The course is targeted at local governments and municipal practitioners. It is organized into five weekly modules with an average commitment of at least six hours per week.

    • Module 1: Introduction to Street Addressing
    • Module 2: Street Addressing Applications
    • Module 3: Designing a Street Addressing Program
    • Module 4: Addressing Zones, Names and Numbers
    • Module 5: Implementation and Maintenance

    Target Audience: Designed for Local Government officials, municipal staff, service providers, utilities and private operators, this course is operationally oriented and hands-on. Its content includes step by step methodology, case studies, videos, web discussion forums moderated by experts, basic web tools for mapping and real life applications.

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  • LGAF 1Identifying and Monitoring Good Practice in the Land Sector

    The Land Governance Assessment Framework: Identifying and Monitoring Good Practice in the Land Sector presents a framework (the LGAF) to assess land governance at the country level, based on existing evidence. In doing so, the LGAF points toward areas where further study is needed, identifies options for regulatory or institutional change and helps planning for the conduct and evaluation of pilot programs. The LGAF provides policymakers with a quick overview of the quality of land governance in five key areas:

    • rights recognition and enforcement
    • land use planning, land management, and taxation
    • management of public land
    • public provision of land information
    • dispute resolution and conflict management.

    While its design builds on extensive experience with land sector reform, the LGAF differs from other assessment tools because it is based on the involvement of stakeholders and experts at the local level in an inclusive process that can subsequently be built upon to monitor progress over time. The implementation and use of the LGAF in a growing number of countries also provide ways to identify good practice and share experience for policy reform, thus helping countries to move toward operationalizing international initiatives to improve land governance at the local level. This book describes the structure and rollout of the LGAF tool and includes detailed case studies based on its implementation in five selected countries: Ethiopia, Indonesia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Peru, and Tanzania.

    Authors: Klaus Deininger, Harris Selod, and Anthony Burns

    Publisher: The World Bank Group


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