Land and Poverty Conference 2018: Land Governance in an Interconnected World

March 19-23, 2018

Washington, DC

Land Conference 2017

The World Bank is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 19th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty to be held March 19 – 23, 2018 in Washington, DC, USA.

  • 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 2018 conference theme will be: Land Governance in an Interconnected World

    The conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,300 participants in 2017 from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector. Please consult the  World Bank Land and Poverty Conference website  for video recordings, papers and powerpoints presented at the 2017 conference.

    Conference structure

    • March 19: Official opening event and pre-conference session at 5 pm.
    • March 20–22: Parallel thematic tracks with oral paper presentations and policy round tables. Closing session on March 22 followed by a reception.
    • March 20–21: Poster sessions.
    • March 22:  Innovation fair.
    • March 23: Learning day: MasterClasses and field visits.
    • March 19–23: Exhibition booths in Atrium (please contact conference organizers on availability and conditions). 






    Land Conference 2018 sponsors

    1. New academic research on the impact of land tenure security for sustainable development, equity and prosperity, (results and their policy relevance;  new research methodologies);
    2. New rigorous impact evaluations on scalable approaches toward strengthening land governance;
    3. New ways of using spatial data (imagery, drones, mobile phones etc.) to strengthen land governance, sustainable land use, and/or support land administration services in urban and/or rural settings;
    4. Innovations for securing land and resource rights in customary settings, gender, collective action, and role of customary authorities;
    5. Progress with land governance performance monitoring, approaches to (gender) disaggregation, and Sustainable Development Goals;
    6. Requirements for moving from pilots to land administration service delivery at scale: good, cheap, fast and equitable;
    7. Improving resilience and resilience impact of national land and geospatial systems; and seamless, unified and comprehensive geospatial data for enhanced management of landscapes and inclusive land reform;
    8. Modernizing and financing land service delivery and organizations, contribution private sector;
    9. New insights on land governance strategies for conflict prevention and supporting peace agreements;
    10. Fair leverage of land for realizing and financing infrastructure, housing, urban expansion, and public goods;
    11. Achieving responsible large-scale land based investments: lessons learned 10 years on. 
    • Please find a comprehinsive document (pdf) in this link.
    • Please submit abstract for oral presentation of an individual paper, poster, or MasterClass by October 13, 2017 via Conftool (Please view guidelines on how to create a new user account and submit an abstract). 
    • Abstracts should be between 800 and 1,500 words, anonymous, written in American English, and submitted online in Word format. Abstracts less than 800 words will not be reviewed.
    • Abstract selection for presentation is on the basis of a double blind peer-review process. Criteria are (i) relevance to conference thematic tracks; (ii) evidence-based and methodological appropriateness; (iii) innovative and new; (iv) significance of findings for policy or research agenda; and (v) clarity of presentation.  More than one abstract can be submitted; due to space limitation only one accepted abstract can be presented by a participant.
    • Abstract acceptance for oral presentation, poster and masterclass will be communicated by December 4, 2017.
    • Kindly note that inclusion of an accepted presentation in final conference program is conditional on timely conference registration and uploading of full paper or poster.
    • Conference registration should be completed by February 1, 2018.
    • Full papers should be uploaded by February 15, 2018.
  • The 2018 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 2017 conference, please note that your log-in details are the same. Please view guidelines on how to register and make payment.

    Registration Period and Fees

    • Early Bird: 250 USD, August 15 – December 15, 2017,
    • Regular: 400 USD, December 16, 2017 – February 1, 2018,
    • Late: 500 USD, February 1 – February 28, 2018,
    • Very Late: 1000 USD, March 1, 2017 – start conference & onsite,


    • Reduced Fee for full-time students registered at universities: 100 USD; from August 15 – December 15, 2017 only.

    The registration fee includes:

    1. Access to:
      • Pre-conference workshop
      • All conference sessions
      • Innovation Fair
      • Learning Day: MasterClasses and field visit
    2. Coffee breaks and lunches
    3. Conference reception

    Please note:

    • The organizers may close registration once maximum capacity is reached.
    • The conference cannot offer travel grants
    • The World Bank Group does not provide insurance to visitors, seminar participants, or presenters
  • Hotel Information

    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 hotel will no longer hold special rates for conference participants after the cut-off date. 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

    The Concordia
    Croup Rate:
    Address: 1250 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
    Distance to the venue: 0.6 miles (13-minute walk)
    Reservation link
    Group code: 1803WBK
    Cut-off date: March 2, 2018

    Reservation Contact:
    Esther Guevara
    +1 (202) 557 2203


    Georgetown Suites
    Croup Rate:
    Address: 1111 30th St. & 1000 29th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
    Distance to the venue: 1 miles (20-minute walk)
    Reservation link
    Group code: group 8779 World Bank
    Cut-off date: March 2, 2018

    Reservation Contact:
    Pam Welliver
    +1 (202)298-1688


    Club Quarters Hotels
    Croup Rate:
    Address: 839 17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006
    Distance to the venue: 1 Block (6-minute walk)
    Reservation link
    Group code: LPC318
    Cut-off date: February 24, 2018
    Reservation Contact:
    Valene Anglin
    +1 (203) 905 2100

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

    • August 15, 2017: Opening registration for conference; create user accounts, register and pay conference fee in Conftool
    • October 13, 2017: Deadline to submit paper abstract, posters and MasterClass
    • December 4, 2017: Notification of acceptance of papers, posters and MasterClass
    • February 1, 2018: Deadline to complete registration and pay conference fees for all presenting authors of papers and posters, and Masterclass organizers  
    • February 15, 2018: Deadline to upload full papers, final version of summary and biography for conference program book/ mobile app, and posters (if to be printed by conference organizers)
    • March 15, 2018: Deadline to upload PPT for presentation at conference

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


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Photo Gallery

Photos from 2017 conference

Conference photos taken by Emily Feder during conference days.


Klaus Deininger

Lead Economist

Thea Hilhorst

Senior Land Governance Specialist