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Land Policy and Administration: Knowledge Sharing

Capacity building and dissemination of best practice



Given its technical capacity and global presence, the World Bank has a natural role in facilitating dialogue among partners and disseminating best practice experience through published materials and knowledge sharing events. While a number of other channels such as informal lunch seminars, internal publications, and external “notes” are also used for this purpose, the prime medium has been an annual conference to bring together policy makers, experts, and staff from other agencies dealing with land to share experience and keep up to date with field developments and research.




The last of these conferences, held in March 2009 jointly with the International Federation of Surveyors and partners, was attended by 5 Ministers and some 300 participants with a very rich program. The two-day conference was combined with a pre-conference workshop on impact evaluation of land-related interventions and post-conference events on post-tsunami land administration in Indonesia and the development of pro-poor land administration software. Together with the more analytical aspects of the work program described elsewhere on the site, this provides the basis for expanding the World Bank’s technical and financial support.

With the generous support of the World Bank, UN HABITAT Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), and the Amhara National Regional State, roughly fifty local and international stakeholders participated in the international workshop on ‘Cadastral Index Mapping (CIM) and Computerization for speed and pro-poor Rural Land Administration in Ethiopia: Experience, Challenges, and Prospects” held May 11-12, 2009 at Bahir Dar.  The overall objective of the workshop was to communicate the progress made on the implementation of land administration in the Amhara Regional State, specifically on experience piloting CIM and computerization.  The event included presentations from local and international partners, as well as experience sharing from land administration professionals from Kenya and Mongolia, and created opportunities to further develop and enrich the pilot findings and documentation of the experiences before rolling out the technologies throughout the region. 


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