Closing the gap between policy and practice on women’s land rights

Let’s Talk Development. By: Chris Jochnick, World Bank, March 19, 2018

Momentum is building behind a land rights revolution. Last year, just prior to the World Bank’s Annual Land and Poverty Conference, I wrote about the many factors pushing land to the top of the global agenda.  To maintain this momentum we must pay greater attention to gender and women’s land rights.

Land is more than an important asset in the fight against global poverty and gender inequality. For most people living in poverty, it is an essential, indispensable means to leading a healthy, safe, and productive life. Despite this, hundreds of millions of people who depend on land around the world – especially women – lack access or secure tenure rights to it.

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For billions without formal land rights, the tech revolution offers new grounds for hope

Many of today’s increasingly complex development challenges, from rapid urban Land-Conference-2017.jpgexpansion to climate change, disaster resilience, and social inclusion, are intimately tied to land and the way it is used. Addressing these challenges while also ensuring individuals and communities are able to make full use of their land depends on consistent, reliable, and accessible identification of land rights.

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Women, cities, and opportunity: Making the case for secure land rights

Lets talk development blog by Klaus Deininger images

Land and property lie at the center of many of today’s pressing development challenges. Consider that at most 10% of land in rural Africa is reliably registered. At this week‘s annual Land and Poverty Conference here at the World Bank, we will hear how this vast gap in documentation of land gap blunts access to opportunities and key services for millions of the world’s poorest people, contributes to gender inequality, and undermines environmental sustainability.

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17th Annual World Bank Conference on Land & Poverty

Call for submission of papers.

From March 14 – 18, the World Bank Land-Conference-2016will be organizing the 17th annual Conference on Land & Poverty. With more than 1,000 participants from 125 countries at the 2015 conference, this event has become one of the main venues for showcasing innovation, learning, and debate among high level policy makers, researchers, civil society, and development partners. This year’s conference topic is motivated by the fact that recording of rights to make tenure more secure and improve land use by all, is increasingly within reach as improved technology allows better access to and management of geospatial information, citizen participation, and facilitates transparency. Continue reading