Land Conference 2017
Land and Poverty Conference 2017: Responsible Land Governance—Towards an Evidence-Based Approach
March 20-24, 2017Washington, DC

Welcome to the 18th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, the premier global forum on land governance.

**Registration has closed because maximum capacity is reached.**

The 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. The 2017 conference theme will be: Responsible Land Governance: Towards an Evidence-Based Approach. The focus is on the role of data and evidence for realizing land policy reform, identify strategies for working at scale and monitoring achievements.

The conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,200 participants from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector. Please view the 2016 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference.  

2017 Conference structure (see program)

  • 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  (please submit proposals via website).
  • March 24: Learning Day with presentations of tools, instruments and approaches via MasterClasses, workshops and field visits (please submit proposals via website).
  • Exhibition booths: All week in World Bank Atrium (please contact the conference organizers on availability and conditions). 

Land Conference 2017 Outline


Our 2017 Sponsors

For sponsorship opportunities, please see our brochure.

Gold Sponsors

Land Conference 2017 Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

MAE Logo

Bronze Sponsors

Land Conference 2017 Bronz-sponsors

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

 Monday, March 20, 2017

Session Title Room Streaming
00-01: Using Spatial Data for Land Administration Preston Auditorium
00-02: Acquiring and using Land Data in Innovative Ways Preston Auditorium
00-03: Land Governance Monitoring and Impact Assessment Preston Auditorium
00-04: How Can Climate Investments Support Sustainable Land Use? Preston Auditorium 
00-05: Strengthening Rights for Indigenous Peoples Preston Auditorium
Opening Session Preston Auditorium

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

01-01: Guarding against Land-Related Corruption Preston Auditorium Link
01-02: Political and Economic Challenges of Land Policy Reform MC 13-121 Link
1-03: Inclusive Business Agreement: Are Benefits Shared? MC 2-800 Link
02-01: Private Sector Business Models in Land Administration Preston Auditorium Link
02-02: Progress with Data Availability for Tracking the SDGs MC 13-121 Link
02-03: Addressing Land Rights Risks in Value Chains MC 2-800 Link
02-04: Towards Regional Cooperation on Land Governance in the Arab States J B1-080 Link
02-08: Frontier of Sustainable Land Management Research MC C2-131 Link
Plenary: Land Policy Options for Sustainable Urbanization Preston Auditorium Link
03-01: “One-Map” Policies in Asia Preston Auditorium Link
03-02: Expanding African Capacity for Land Governance MC 13-121 Link
03-03: Localizing Real Rights: How to Link Registry and Cadaster? MC 2-800 Link
04-01: Global Status of Quality of Land Regulation in 2016 Preston Auditorium Link
04-02: Approaches to Securing Common Land in Different Regions MC 13-121 Link
04-03: Acting to Secure Community and Indigenous Land Rights MC2-800 Link

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

05-01: Investing in the Commons: Choices and Consequences Preston Auditorium Link
05-02: Forest Tenure Reform Implementation: What have we Learned? MC 13-121 Link
05-03: Using Remotely Sensed Data to Improve Land Use Efficiency MC2-800 Link
06-01: Implementing the AU Declaration on Land at Country Level Preston Auditorium Link
06-02: New Ways of Low-Cost Parcel Demarcation? MC 13-121 Link
06-03: Is there Scope for Inclusive Agribusiness Models? MC2-800 Link
Plenary: Harnessing the Potential of New Data Preston Auditorium Link
07-01: Land Policy Lessons from the 2017 WDR: Governance & the Law Preston Auditorium Link
07-02: Will Blockchain Technology Revolutionize Land Administration? MC 13-121 Link
07-03: Will Drones Open Up New Ways of Mass Registration? MC 2-800 Link
08-01: Lessons from a Decade of Large Scale Land-Based Investments Preston Auditorium Link
08-02: Using Land Policy for Sustainable Value Chains MC 13-121 Link
08-03: Urban Expansion: Measurement Challenges and Implications for Policy MC 2-800 Link

Thursday, March 23, 2017

09-01: Making Housing More Affordable and Resilient Preston Auditorium Link
09-02: Doing Business: Quality of Land Administration MC 13-121 Link
09-03: Innovation Fair: Analyzing Land Data & Data Processing MC 2-800 Link
10-01: Using Administrative Data for Land Governance Monitoring Preston Auditorium Link
10-02: Strengthening Land Governance in India MC 13-121 Link
10-03: Innovation Fair: Interoperability & Land Use Applications MC 2-800 Link
11-01: Progress with Responsible Investment Pledges Preston Auditorium Link
11-02: Land Value Capture for Urban Revival MC 13-121 Link
11-03: Migration and Land Tenure Dynamics MC 2-800 Link
12-01: Using Remotely Sensed Data to Improve Urban Planning Preston Auditorium Link
12-02: Indigenous Peoples Movement around Tenure Rights MC 13-121 Link
12-03: Potential and Limits of VGI MC 2-800 Link
Closing Plenary Preston Auditorium Link

Land & Poverty Conference 2017 smartphone app provides you with the most comfortable tool for planning your participation in Land & Poverty Conference 2017 conference. Browse the complete programme directly from your phone or tablet and create your very own agenda on the fly. The app is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.

To download mobile app, please visit or scan the QR code or type 'land2017' in Google Play, iTunes App Store or Windows Phone Store.

Land Conference 2017 QR code

The World Bank Land and Poverty Conference is pleased to welcome presenters of posters on the main conference themes. A careful review process was used to select the posters for the conference.

The posters will be on display in two groups, the first group will be posted the whole Tuesday (March 21) and the second group the whole Wednesday (March 22).

During lunch breaks authors have the opportunity to present and discuss their results with conference participants. The conference app (conf4me) will also enable poster presenters to present an abstract and reach out to conference participants to discuss their presentation. An award will be presented to the best rated poster in the concluding session.

Conference organizers will print all posters at no cost to you if submitted on time and registration is complete. The deadline for submitting your poster in your Conftool account is February 22, 2017 (midnight Eastern Standard Time). Please consider the following formatting guidelines to structure your poster.

Authors can of course also bring their own printed posters.

Submission instructions for abstract

  • Submissions for an individual paper are not possible anymore. 
  • Conference registration should be completed by February 1, 2017.
  • Full papers should be uploaded by February 15, 2017.
  • Please note that the inclusion of the oral presentation in final conference program is conditional on timely conference registration and uploading of full paper.

**Registration has closed because maximum capacity is reached.**

The 2017 Land and Poverty Conference uses Conftool to create user accounts, register for the conference, collect payment of registration fees, and upload abstract and paper submissions.

If you attended the 2016 conference, please note that your log-in details are the same. Please use them log into your account and make any changes.

Registration Period and Fees

  • October 1–December 15, 2016, Early Bird: 250 USD
  • October 1–December 15, 2016: Reduced fee for PhD students registered at universities: 100 USD (if qualified, please contact before registration)
  • December 16, 2016–February 15, 2017, Regular: 375 USD
  • February 16–March 10, 2017, Late: 500 USD
  • March 11, 2017–start conference & onsite, Very late: 1000 USD

Please note that the organizers may close registration once maximum capacity is reached.

The registration fee includes:

  1. Access to pre-conference workshop
  2. Access to all conference sessions and Innovation Fair
  3. Access to Learning Day
  4. Coffee breaks and lunches (Monday to Friday)
  5. Conference reception on March 23, 2017

The conference cannot offer travel grants. 

Please find a list of hotels with special rates for conference participants.

Our 2017 Sponsors

For sponsorship opportunities, please see our brochure.

Gold Sponsors

Land Conference 2017 Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

MAE Logo

Bronze Sponsors

Land Conference 2017 Bronz-sponsors


Innovation Day at the 2017 Land and Poverty Conference

World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC,

March 23, 2017

Innovative approaches to securing land rights and improving land management

Geospatial Data and Technology Lightning Talks and Demonstrations

Call for Submissions

Rapid advances in processing capacities, improved access to cloud computing, dramatic increases in the availability of earth observation data, and improved connectivity offer enormous opportunities for innovative approaches to securing land rights and improving land management using incremental and fit for purpose options. Developing country policy makers have often limited awareness of these possibilities and, as a consequence, may implement solutions that are no longer state of the art, preventing them from reaping potentially vast digital dividends and building local capacity in this critical area.

The presence of policy makers from more than 120 countries at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty offers an outstanding opportunity to improve awareness of innovative solutions among developing country decision-makers. To harness this opportunity, the 2017 conference is partnering with the Open Geospatial Consortium to include an “Innovation Day” that combines lightning talks presenting case studies in the morning and hands-on demonstrations in the afternoon.

Topics to be covered include but are not limited to innovative ways of acquiring, computing, maintaining, analyzing and publishing data for applications such as:

  • Mapping spatial features, land use monitoring and predication (e.g., disaster risk) 
  • Dynamic poverty mapping, urban development
  • Cadastral mapping; community land mapping; secure land transactions (e.g., block chains)
  • Tax maps, valuation
  • Accountability; real time monitoring, and overcoming data gaps


  • Morning:  8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Thematic blocks of lightning talks, each of them 4 minutes, followed by Q&A
  • Afternoon: 1:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. — Innovative demonstrations of products and services in an informal setting. Tables & WiFi connection will be available (bring own laptop)


  • When & where: Thursday March 23, 2017 at World Bank HQ, 1818 H Street NW, Washington DC
  • Costs: standard conference registration fee
  • Submission proposal: Please note that submissions for Lightning Talks are not possible anymore.

Learning Day at the 2017 Land and Poverty Conference

World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC,

March 24, 2017

Call for submissions of MasterClass proposals

The learning day on Friday March 24 will offer a range of high quality hands-on MasterClasses. There will be workshops on new methodologies and technical guides, research approaches, cutting edge software and technologies, a field visit to a registry office and so on.

For examples, have a look at the Friday program of 2016 land and poverty conference.


  • When & where: Friday March 24, 2017 at World Bank HQ, 1818 H Street NW, Washington DC
  • Costs for participation: Included in the standard conference registration fee (except field visit – cost 50 USD); Participation is on a first-come first serve basis.
  • Submission proposal for a MasterClass: online via Conftool (Please view guidelines on how to create a new user account and submit a MasterClass talk)
  • Deadline proposal submission: Please note that submissions for MasterClasses are not possible anymore.
  • Notification: January 22, 2017 of acceptance Learning Day, MasterClasses and tool demonstration


All deadlines below refer to Midnight, Eastern Standard Time (EST).

  • October 1, 2016: Opening registration for conference; create user accounts, register and pay conference fee in Conftool
  • November 30, 2016: Notification of acceptanced papers and posters for presentation
  • December 1, 2016: Deadline submission proposal for Lightning Talks at the Innovation Fair (held on Thursday March 23, 2017)
  • December 8, 2016: Notification of acceptance Lightning Talks at the Innovation Fair
  • January 15, 2017: Deadline submission proposal for Learning Day, MasterClasses and tool demonstration (held on Friday March 24, 2017)
  • January 22, 2017: Notification of acceptance Learning Day, MasterClasses and tool demonstration
  • February 1, 2017: Deadline to complete registration and pay conference fees for all presenting authors, selected Lightning Talks presenters, and Learning Day participants 
  • February 15, 2017: Deadline to upload full papers and final version of abstract and biography for conference program book
  • February: 22, 2017: Deadline to upload poster (if to be printed by conference organizers)
  • March 18, 2017: Deadline to upload PPT for presentation

Please note that inclusion of accepted papers in the final conference program is conditional on timely conference registration and uploading of full paper.

Participants must make their own hotel reservations. To help provide affordable accommodation options for your stay during the conference, special rates have been contracted for a limited number of rooms with the hotels listed below. In order to take advantage of these preferential rates, please complete your booking as soon as possible, referring to the group code/telephone number listed below.

Please note the cut-off date for all the partnership hotels is February 17, 2017, after which the hotel will no longer hold special rates for conference participants. We urge participants to make hotel reservations early.

Please note that the hotel will request a credit card to confirm your reservation. Room rates are in USD and do not include taxes.

Partnership Hotels

Days Inn Washington DC/Connecticut Avenue
Address: 4400 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Distance to the venue: 3.6 miles
Public transit: Metro - Red line (Van Ness-UDC - Farragut North, 4 stops)

Arlington Court Suites Hotel
Address: 1200 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA 22201
Distance to the venue: 3.3 miles
Public transit: Metro - Orange/Silver line (Courthouse - Farragut West, 3 tops)

Hyatt Place Washington DC/Georgetown/West End
 2121 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Distance to the venue: 0.7 mile (15-minute walk)

Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol
Address: 33 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Distance to the venue: 2 miles
Public transit: Metro - Red line (NoMa-Gallaudet U - Farragut North, 5 stops)

Kimpton Hotel Palomar DC
 2121 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Distance to the venue: 1 mile (20-minute walk)

Residence Inn Washington, DC/Dupont Circle
 2120 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Distance to the venue: 0.9 mile (20-minute walk)

Cambria Hotels & Suites, Washington DC Convention Center
 899 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Distance to the venue: 1.5 miles (30-minute walk)
Public transit: Metro - Green/Yellow to Orange/Silver line (MT Vernon Sq - Farragut West, 8 stops)

State Plaza Hotel
 2117 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Distance to the venue: 0.5 mile (10-minute wal)

Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House
 1522 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Distance to the venue: 0.6 mile (12-minute walk)

Courtyard Washington Embassy Row
 1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
Distance to the venue: 0.7 mile (15-minute walk)

The Westin Washington DC City Center
Address: 1400 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Distance to the venue: 0.9 mile (18-minute walk)

Hampton Inn Washington DC/White House
Address: 1729 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Distance to the venue: 0.1 mile (3-minute walk)

Conference Details

2017 Mobile App
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Klaus Deininger

Lead Economist