The World Bank’s annual Land and Poverty Conference, taking place March 20-24, provides an opportunity for people across sectors to come together and discover, present and question current trends around land governance. This year’s theme, “Responsible Land Governance: Towards an Evidence-Based Approach”, will focus on the role of data and evidence in implementing land policies, improving approaches to land governance, and monitoring achievements in the field.

During the conference, Habitat for Humanity and our Solid Ground campaign will focus on bringing diverse groups of actors together to discuss successes and challenges in improving access to land for shelter. Broadly, this means facilitating interdisciplinary conversations and encouraging participatory approaches to implement the New Urban Agenda. Specifically, it means co-hosting a Peer Learning Exchange on Land with the Global Land Tool Network and presenting research in sessions throughout the conference itself. The Learning Exchange will jump start the week on Sunday, March 19 and the morning of Monday, March 20 with interactive sessions and collaborative brainstorming on best practices around securing land tenure, working within continuum of land rights, looking at land through a gender perspective, and implementing cooperative strategies that address the complexities of land across the globe.

The Exchange will be followed with presentations by Habitat for Humanity colleagues in four conference sessions:

  1. Habitat for Humanity’s former Government Relations and Advocacy senior vice president Elizabeth Blake will present on “Land Administration and Management in Haiti Program: Next Action Phase Delivering Scalable Community Level Solutions.”
  2. Our director of international shelter initiatives Susana Rojas Williams will share her paper entitled “Land in the New Urban Agenda: Opportunities, Challenges, and Way Forward” with peers from UN-Habitat, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Huairou Commission.
  3. Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean’s advocacy/partnership outreach manager Maria Luisa Alvarado will join Cofopri colleague Miguel Mandamiento to discuss “Models of Interaction between Land Registries, Cadasters, and Land Tenure Systems.”
  4. Habitat for Humanity’s Solid Ground campaign director Anne Shaffer Myers will present on “How to Elevate Land Rights Within the Development Community and Beyond: Messaging, Advocacy, and Communications” with a network of practitioners from Landesa, Rights and Resources Initiative, Thomson Reuters Foundation, the World Bank, and Land Portal.

The conference will also feature a daily Caucus on Women and Land, where Habitat for Humanity and peer organizations – Landesa, UN-Habitat, Huairou, the World Bank, and the International Land Coalition – will host lunch time gatherings that center on land rights and women. These lunches will include presentations from experts in the field and will bring together actors from across the sector to convene and discuss lessons learned.

For times and venues of presentations, visit the Land and Poverty Conference website. We invite you to join us – we value your expertise and ideas in increasing access to land for shelter people around the globe!