The World Bank is pleased to announce the 18th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty held from March 20 to 24, 2017 in Washington D.C. under the theme of Responsible Land Governance: Towards an Evidence-Based Approach and invites submission of abstracts.
Call for abstracts
Please submit an 800 to 1,500 word abstract by Midnight October 31, 2016 (Eastern Standard Time). Abstracts should be anonymous, written in English and submitted online in Conftool (see guidelines). Abstracts will be double-blind peer reviewed against (i) originality of the topic; (ii) relevance to conference; (iii) methodological appropriateness; (iv) significance of findings for policy or research; and (v) clarity of presentation. Acceptance will be communicated by November 30, 2016.
Key topic areas
1. Research on land governance and rigorous impact evaluations
Academic research on governance of land and natural resource tenure systems and institutions, and impact on sustainable development and equity. Results of rigorous impact evaluations of “land interventions” using counterfactual; methodological considerations;
2. Harnessing geospatial data, cloud platforms and other data technologies
Policy application automated data analysis; combining administrative data, statistics and geospatial data; consistent use imagery; standards and interoperability; block chains; UAVs; mobile phones; participatory mapping; open data; open source; spatial data infrastructure; data access.
3. Securing land rights for equity, sustainability and resilience
Institutions for managing the commons and customary land; Land, forests and natural resources; pastoralism; gender, youth; indigenous peoples’ tenure systems; combatting climate change.
4. Delivering land administration services at scale
Cost effective and fast expansion of coverage; reliability; transparency, monitoring performance; linking land information systems to tax, courts, land use, financial institutions; business models for service delivery; addressing capacity gaps, fit-for-purpose.
5. Land for infrastructure, investment, disaster risk reduction
Eminent domain; expropriation and compensation; safeguards; mediation and grievance address; legacy issues; guidelines responsible large-scale land-based investments; ESG financing; certification, standards, commodity round tables, territorial “certification”; benefit sharing; inclusive business models; monitoring compliance.
6. Land and urbanization
Tenure dimension of competitive cities, agglomeration; land pooling, land readjustment; tenure regularization, valuation and taxation; land value capture, PPP, benefit sharing; urban foot print.