7 reasons for land and property rights to be at the top of the global agenda

This week, more than 1,500 development professionals from around the world are madagascar-farhatgathering at the World Bank’s annual Land and Poverty Conference, discussing the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on land governance.

Secure property rights and efficient land registration institutions are a cornerstone of any modern economy. They give confidence to individuals and businesses to invest in land, allow private companies to borrow – using land as a collateral – to expand job opportunities, and enable governments to collect property taxes, which are necessary to finance the provision of infrastructure and services to citizens.

Unfortunately, a mere 30% of the global population has legally registered rights to their land and homes.

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The World Bank’s Land and Poverty Conference: 20 years on

In 1999, when a few enthusiasts agreed to meet annually in an effort to base Land-Conference-2017.jpginterventions on land, on solid empirical evidence rather than ideology, few would have expected this effort to have such a lasting impact. Twenty years on, the small gathering has morphed into a conference, bringing together over 1,500 participants from governments, academics, civil society and the private sector to discuss the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on land governance around the world.

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