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).
|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.