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World Bank Land Conference 2024—Research Track

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Innovative Research on Land Governance

May 14 - 16, 2024


Land Policies for Resilient and Equitable Growth in Africa (Flagship) Report Launch May 13, 2024

Venue: 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433


The World Bank’s Development Research Group's research track for the Land Conference presented aspects of land governance and its links to shared economic growth, resilience, and poverty reduction.

Conference Subthemes

With climate resilience, gender and use of new technology as cross-cutting themes:

  • Urban land rights, jobs, and financial markets
  • Rural land rights, markets, and structural transformation
  • Property taxation and land value capture for public services
  • Public land management, land use monitoring, and climate finance
  • Land institutions, conflict, and political economy
  • Use of ‘big’ data to improve land governance and use

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Land Policies for Resilient and Equitable Growth in Africa

Read the report here.

Back Cover for the Flagship Report Land Policies for Resilient and Equitable Growth in Africa

Land institutions and policies will be critical to help African countries respond to challenges of climate change, urban expansion, structural transformation, and gender equality. Together, they affect urban dwellers’ ability to access productive jobs, live in decent housing, and breathe clean air; farmers’ and women entrepreneurs’ capacity to insure against shocks, increase productivity, and diversify income sources; and governments’ ability to plan, tax property to provide services, and manage public land in a way that provides sustained local benefits by attracting investment, including via climate finance. Yet, many African land registries command little trust due to poor performance and wealth bias in service delivery.

Land Policies for Resilient and Equitable Growth in Africa Back Cover (New Version)

Land Policies for Resilient and Equitable Growth in Africa draws on a wealth of data, examples, and studies from Africa and beyond to show that regulatory and institutional reforms can harness this potential by improving quality, coverage, usefulness, and sustainability of documented land rights. In doing so, these reforms create the informational foundation for sectoral policies to support job growth, structural transformation, and climate resilience.

Read about the key findings of the report in the blog post "Why increasing benefits from land assets is critical for Africa's development" by Andrew Dabalen, Klaus Deininger, and Aparajita Goyal.



Report Launch Program
Monday May 13, 3:30 - 5:00pm EDT 

Opening Remarks
Victoria Kwakwa, Regional Vice President for Eastern and Southern Africa, World Bank

Moderation & Concluding Remarks
Indermit Gill, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President for Development Economics, World Bank

Land Policies for Resilient & Equitable Growth in Africa
Klaus Deininger, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank
Aparajita Goyal, Lead Economist, Africa Region Chief Economist’s Office, World Bank

Land as an Enabler for Agenda 2063: The Africa Union’s Land Governance Strategy
Janet Edeme, Head, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa

Lessons from Rwanda’s Land Tenure Regularization & RCMRD’s Role in Mainstreaming Them
Emmanuel Nkurunziza, Director Regional Center for Mapping and Resource Development, Nairobi

Improving Tax Administration at the City Level: Lessons from Dakar
Serigne Fall, Direction Générale des Impôts et Domaines du Sénégal, Senegal

Opportunities to Increase Property Tax Revenues in Nigeria
Taiwo Oyedele, Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms, Nigeria

Decentralization, Digitization, & Customary Tenure Recognition: Malawi’s Land Reform Agenda
Devie Chilonga, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Malawi

Discussion – Q&A