The importance of good land governance to strengthen women's land rights, facilitate land-related investment, transfer land to better uses, use it as collateral, and allow effective decentralization through collection of property taxes has long been recognized. The challenges posed by recent global developments, especially urbanization, increased and more volatile food prices, and climate change have raised the profile of land and the need for countries to have appropriate land policies. However, efforts to improve country-level land governance are often frustrated by technical complexities, institutional fragmentation, vested interests, and lack of a shared vision on how to move towards good land governance and measure progress in concrete settings.
Recent initiatives have recognized the important challenges this raises and the need for partners to act in a collaborative and coordinated fashion to address them. This conference will increase awareness of the successful implementation of innovative approaches which can help to not only improve land governance, but also through this channel contribute to the well-being of the poorest and the achievement of the MDGs.
The conference will be held at the World Bank's headquarters in Washington, D.C. on April 18 to 20, 2011.