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World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

Theme: Scaling up Responsible Land Governance: Examples, policies, and impact

With more than 1,000 participants from 125 countries at the 2015 conference, this event has become one of the main venues for showcasing innovation, learning, and debate among high level policy makers, researchers, civil society, and development partners. This year’s conference topic is motivated by the fact that recording of rights to make tenure more secure and improve land use by all, is increasingly within reach as improved technology allows better access to and management of geospatial information, citizen participation, and facilitates transparency. Following the example set by of earlier conferences, the 2016 event aims to highlight examples of interventions that have been or can be scaled up, policies to make this possible, and the impact of doing so in a wide range of areas.

Please submit online an 800-1,500 word abstract by October 18, 2015. Acceptances will be communicated by November 30, 2015. To be included in the program, full papers must be uploaded by January 15, 2016 and presenting authors must create user accounts and register for the conference by February 15, 2016. While there is no limit to the number of submitted papers on which an individual can be a co-author, each participant can present only one submitted paper to encourage diversity. Details on registration and other deadlines are available on the conference website.

Abstracts should be anonymous, written in English and submitted online. They will be double-blind peer reviewed and valued against (i) originality and relevance of the topic; (ii) clarity of presentation and findings; (iii) methodological rigor and replicability, and (iv) overall significance. Abstracts of less than 800 words, or with insufficient detail on the overall objective, data and methodology, key (or expected) findings, and broader relevance will not be reviewed.

Conference structure
Following a pre-conference workshop on ‘innovations in land governance research and monitoring’ the conference will start with an opening session on Monday March 14 2016 in the late afternoon. The core of the conference will consist of plenary and parallel sessions featuringaccepted papers, policy roundtables, and sessions on cutting edge issues at regional or topical level on March 15-17 2016.

An innovations fair, sponsored jointly with the Open Geospatial Consortium, will run concurrently to sessions on March 17, 2016 to showcase how new technology can help improve land governance. A post-conference learning day on March 18, 2016 will feature masterclasses to acquaint participants with cutting edge tools and techniques in a more hands-on way. Proposals for both will open shortly. 

Key topic areas

  1. Methodological innovations for research and monitoring on land and globally comparable land data generation: Integrating administrative data, survey data and spatial imagery; routine land governance indicator monitoring using administrative data; land tenure modules in household surveys;  gender disaggregated land tenure data collection and analysis; approaches to large farm surveys; calculating spill-over effect.
  2. Strategies for expanding coverage, reliability, transparency and sustainability of land administration service delivery: technology options; land information systems/data management; institutional models like decentralization; business models; approaches to financial sustainability.
  3. Innovations in land information recording, management and utilization: open standards; interoperability; industry norms and procurement; preventing fraud; approaches to land data integration; authoritative data/ voluntary data –open street map; spatial data infrastructure.
  4. Urban land management strategies and affordable housing: zero-carbon urban development; tenure regularization and taxation, strategies for public land;  valuations; land value capture.
  5. Tenurial determinants of land use management, rehabilitation strategies, and zero carbon and landscape policies: competing claims over natural resources (including pastoralism, mining); disaster risk management.
  6. Enhancing tenure security for customary and common lands and natural resources (including water rights): formalizing and scaling of participatory land use mapping; inclusive organizational models and transferability of rights.
  7. Land rights from a gender perspective: mainstreaming gender, inheritance; models for strengthening gender rights in tenure regularization; transforming customary systems; lessons for youth tenure policies.
  8. Responsible Large-scale land-based investments: progress with standards responsible investments, ESG linked financing; value chains; grievance mechanism; community — private sector partnerships; growth poles; corridors; idle estate land and failed investments.