From March 25 to 29, 2019 people from around the world will gather in Washington, DC for the 20th annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty: Catalyzing Innovation. The Land and Poverty conference will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions and innovations in the land sector globally.

The 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. We will have a delegation representing Habitat for Humanity and the Solid Ground campaign at this year’s conference.

Be sure to follow @JoinSolidGround on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for real-time updates and takeaways during the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty events from the Solid Ground team.

We are excited to be active participants, and to continue to learn more about land rights around the world. Additionally, we will be leading or participating in the sessions listed below. Be sure to check back as we'll continue to update this list.



3:00 PM – 4:00PM | MC 4-800

Stand for Her Land Campaign Event



12:00 PM – 2:00PM | MC 4-100

Women’s Caucus*



10:30 AM- 12:00 PM | MC 8-100

Session: Providing low-cost housing

Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India will chair this session. 


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | MC 4-100

Women’s Caucus*



8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | MC 9-100

Session: Bottom-up approaches: A key to land use planning

Paper submitted by Habitat for Humanity International

'Increasing access to land for housing for Irula tribal families: Lessons from implementing the Solid Ground Campaign in India' written by Habitat for Humanity India and Habitat for Humanity International presenting on access to land as a basic right in India. Throughout India, government laws and policies regulate land use and land tenure with deep-rooted perceptions, religious and cultural practices continuing to dictate how land is used or accessed. Habitat India has partnered with the historically mariginalized Irual tribe, through an innovative approach to mobilize existing and new supporters to influence policy makers toward promoting policies and systems that improve access to land for shelter. This paper will delve into lessons learned from implementing the Solid Ground Campaign in India as well as discuss potential policy actions to address land rights of such marginalized communities globally.  


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | MC 4-100

Paper submitted by Habitat for Humanity International

Session: Harnessing the scope for incremental tenure upgrading 

Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat for Humanity national organizations from Vietnam and Cambodia collaboratively developed, ‘Formalizing the informal through incremental tenure strengthening in urban Battambang: Experience on tenure transformation in Cambodia,’ which discusses the factors blocking equitable access to land in Cambodia. Insecure tenure and unequal access to land in Cambodia have been intensified with demographic pressure, long term effects of conflict, increased urbanization and persistent rural and urban poverty. As a way of dealing with the problem of access to land, in March 2003, the Cambodian government unveiled the Social Land Concessions, a mechanism for enabling transfer of state private land to private individuals or groups for social purposes. To test several different approaches to provide improved access to land, the Cambodian government prepared a Civic Engagement Framework and created several pilot projects. During this session, Habitat Cambodia will present outcomes and lessons learned in one such pilot project in urban Battambang, Cambodia which provided avenues for households living in poor conditions to incrementally move informal settlers towards greater tenure security.


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | MC 4-100

Women’s Caucus*


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | MC 7-100

Session: Using data and planning to improve urban resilience

Developing voluntary gender responsive relocation policy guidelines to support sustainable urban development’ written in partnership by Habitat for Humanity International and the University of East London. The purpose of this paper is to advocate for the importance of developing Voluntary Relocation Policy Guidelines for vulnerable low-income communities, in a consultative and collaborative manner as part of enhancing the policy environment to support resilient and sustainable urban development.  


*The Solid Ground Campaign will be participating in the women's caucuses held each day during lunch to discuss addressing gender equality and land.