From March 19-23, 2018 people from around the world will gather in Washington, DC for the 19th annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty: Land Governance in an Interconnected World. The Land and Poverty conference will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions and innovations in the land sector around the world.

The conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,300 participants in 2017 from the private sector, academics, civil society, and governments.

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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram for real-time updates and takeaways during the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty events.

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



All day | Off-site 

Partnership for Action: Information ecosystem for land governance

The Land Portal Foundation, LandMark, Resource Equity, and Habitat for Humanity are co-organizing a workshop the weekend leading up to the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. The two-day workshop aims to bring together the key stakeholders in the land sector to  create an active partnership enabling increased knowledge sharing amongst key and wider audiences as well as with one another.  



12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | MC 6-100

Women’s Caucus*


3:45 PM – 5: 15 PM | MC 6-860

How Do Global Policies Support Local Change

Abstract supported by Habitat for Humanity

This paper discusses Habitat for Humanity’s Solid Ground campaign which was launched in 2015 and offers free legal and technical advice for land and resource rights in the Latin and Caribbean region through its program ALO Suelo Urbano. The paper details how the program connects individuals and communities in need of counsel to a lawyer or trained paralegal, free of charge. These legal professionals work with residents in need to gather the necessary information to understand the problems and barriers being faced in order to advise them of possible approaches to secure their land rights. Tracking the various exchanges and trends of the program participants is performed by the Cadasta platform to ensure that their land dispute cases are documented and prevented in the future.



12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | MC 6-100

Women’s Caucus*


7:00 PM | MC Atrium

Exploring Urban-Rural Linkages through the Lens of Land Governance and Human Settlements



8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | MC 6-860

Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Land Policy Dialogue

Abstract supported by Habitat for Humanity

Refitting Gendered Land Governance Strategies​: Gender inequalities in land rights continues to be prevalent despite broad consensus that strengthening women’s property rights is crucial for reducing poverty and achieving equitable growth. The global development community has recognized the importance of equitable and secure land and housing rights as a means to addressing poverty, food security and other global challenges as is reflected in the adoption of land rights related objectives in several global and regional frameworks. This paper assesses the preparation, choices and strategies adopted by the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) towards the implementation of SDGs and other global and regional policy frameworks and reviews prospects of breakthrough. It is based on an on-going gender and land strategy development project in the land sector for GLTN and engagement with diverse land actors and collaborating partner organizations.

Multi-stakeholder Engagement​: Housing, both in the informal and formal sectors, fosters strength, stability and self-reliance and is often at the center of key development challenges. Without land, there can be no housing. Access to land lies at the heart of ending poverty. The Solid Ground campaign is providing 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. Although the countries participating in the global campaign span many time zones, languages and cultures, they share a common barrier that denies people adequate housing – access to land. This paper outlines both the challenges and opportunities that arise from expanding access to land for shelter through multi-stakeholder partnerships, considering and exploring the different methodologies and modalities of engagement with different actors implementing under the Solid Ground campaign.


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | MC 8-100

Tenure Security and Low-Cost Housing Delivery

Abstract supported by Habitat for Humanity

The purpose of this presentation is to advocate for the importance of creating an enabling environment for slum upgrading and affordable housing, to support urban development. Housing is at the heart of the New Urban Agenda and contributing towards resilient and sustainable urban development requires targeted community, market/sector and policy level interventions that contribute to improved living conditions for low-income household and secure tenure; increased access to finance for low-income households; enabling land, housing and planning policy environments; and building community, public and private sector capacity to support the implementation of these interventions.

A systematic methodology has been developed to analyze the housing market conditions, the housing policy environment and the hazards and vulnerabilities that impact on low-income households and communities to determine what community, market and policy interventions are best suited for any particular context. Partnerships - people, public, partnerships - are essential for the successful implementation of these interventions.


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | MC 6-100

Women’s Caucus*


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