Good governance is generally recognized as critical for sustainable growth and poverty reduction. At the same time, the impact of the legal and institutional framework that defines gender-differentiated property rights to land, determines how public and private land is managed and can be acquired or transferred, and conflicts surrounding it are resolved, has only recently been fully appreciated. Institutional arrangements in this area have in many cases undermined transparency, investment, and productivity of land use, fostered social exclusion, and contributed to environmental degradation. While addressing these issues is often politically sensitive and technically complex, recognition of their importance, decentralization, and technological developments prompted the emergence of new and promising approaches to improve the functioning of land institutions. The conference will illustrate the far-reaching impacts of land institutions, highlight success, failure and remaining challenges for improving land governance, and identify resources that can be drawn upon by interested parties.
The Conference will take place at the World Bank in Washington, on March 9-10, 2009. It is jointly organized by the World Bank and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG).
The 2009 conference will focus on six broad themes:
- Land Governance for the 21st Century
- Sustainable Systems for Land Administration & Management
- Securing Social Tenure for the Poorest
- Making Land Markets Work for All
- Improving Access to Land and Shelter
- Land Governance for Rapid Urbanization