Land and Poverty Conference 2019: Catalyzing Innovation

March 25-29, 2019

Washington, DC

Land Conference 2017

Welcome to the 20th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty! This year’s conference theme will be: Catalyzing Innovation.

The Land and Poverty conference presents the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on land governance around the world. This conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,500 participants from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector. Please consult the video recordings, papers, and presentations from the 2018 conference and the 2017 conference.

  • The World Bank is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 20th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty to be held March 25 – 29, 2019 in Washington, DC, USA, at World Bank headquarters.

    Conference structure

    • March 25: Pre-conference plenary session (9 AM – 4PM); Official opening at 5 pm
    •  March 26–28: Parallel thematic tracks with oral paper presentations and policy round tables (8.30 AM – 5.15 PM). Closing session on March 28th at 4PM followed by a reception (5.30 – 7.30 PM)
    • March 26–28: Poster sessions
    • March 29: Learning day: MasterClasses and field visits
    • March 25–29: Exhibition booths in Atrium (If interested to present, please contact conference organizers on availability and conditions)

    2019 Conference Outline


    1. Economic research and impact evaluation
    2. Land policy and political economy
    3. Land markets and structural transformation
    4. Land and human rights, gender, indigenous peoples
    5. Commons and natural resource management
    6. Large scale land acquisition: Agriculture, extractives, infrastructure
    7. Urban expansion, land use, land value capture, and housing
    8. Use of remote sensing and land use policy
    9. Data integration & interoperability for public service provision
    10. Institutional innovation and private sector participation,
    11. New ways of land data capture & analysis (incl. machine learning)
    12. Global frameworks; indicators; progress monitoring, LGAF
  • Submission instructions for paper abstract

    • Please submit abstract for oral presentation of an individual paper, poster, or MasterClass by October 12, 2018 via Conftool (Please view guidelines on how to create a new user account and how to 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 and overall theme; (ii) evidence-based and methodological appropriateness; (iii) innovative and new; (iv) significance of findings for policy, implementation or research agenda; and (v) clarity of presentation.
    • Abstract acceptance for oral presentation, poster and masterclass will be communicated by December 3, 2018.
    • Due to space limitation, registered participants will be assigned max. one slot for oral presentation (for accepted abstracts only). If an additional abstract was accepted, it will be included in the poster presentations.
    • Kindly note that inclusion of an accepted presentation in final conference program is conditional on timely conference registration and uploading of full paper, poster or material for masterclass.
    • Deadline conference registration: February 1, 2019
    • Deadline submission full papers and posters: February 15, 2019
  • The 2019 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 2018 conference, please note that your log-in details are the same. (Please view guidelines on how to register and make payment)

    Registration Fees

    • Early Bird: 250 USD, August 15 – December 14, 2018
    • Regular: 400 USD, December 15, 2018 – January 31, 2019
    • Late: 500 USD, February 1 – February 28, 2019
    • Very Late & onsite: 1000 USD, March 1, 2019 – start conference
    • Students
      • Reduced Fee for full-time PhD students registered at universities: 100 USD
      • From August 15 – December 14, 2018 only; immediate payment required
      • Please email  (i) Conftool User ID; (ii) Full Name of the participant and (iii) valid University ID with proof of full-time registration as PhD student

    The registration fee includes:

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

    Please note:

    • The organizers will close registration once maximum capacity is reached
    • The World Bank Group does not provide insurance to visitors, seminar participants, or presenters
    • No travel grants are available
    • Conference registration fees cannot be refunded
    • In case a registered participant can no longer attend the conference, the paid registration fee may be transferred to a colleague. Please email the (i) Conftool User ID and (ii) Full Name of the participant who is not attending, and the(iii) Conftool User ID and (iv) Full Name of the participant who is attending.  The replacement conference participant thus need to register for a user accounts in Conftool. The transfer cannot be made without this information
  • All deadlines below refer to Midnight, Eastern Standard Time (EST).

    • August 15, 2018: Opening registration for conferencecreate user accounts, register and pay conference fee in Conftool
    • October 12, 2018: Deadline to submit abstracts and proposals for MasterClass
    • December 3, 2018: Notification of acceptance of papers, posters and MasterClass
    • February 1, 2019: Deadline to complete registration and pay conference fees for all presenting authors of papers and posters, and Masterclass organizers  
    • February 15, 2019: Deadline to:
      • Upload full papers
      • Submit final posters (for printing by conference organizers)
      • Final version summary and biography (for conference program book/mobile app)
    • March 18, 2019: 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.


@Deepa Shivaram

Photos from 2018 conference

Conference photos are taken and edited by Marques Butler.


Klaus Deininger

Lead Economist

Thea Hilhorst

Senior Land Governance Specialist