Every year the Netherlands is represented by NGO’s , Universities , Government Institutions and the private sector at the Land and Poverty conference organized by the World Bank. The conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,300 participants in 2017 from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector. The topic of land governance is an area the Dutch have been worldwide leaders, represented and leading the way at the conference are Kadaster and the University of Maastricht. The 2018 conference theme will be: Land Governance in an Interconnected World the aforementioned organizations will be presenting on the use of Block chain technology.
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.