The structure of the conference allowed for detailed technical presentations and rich discussions.
Photo: © Nataliya Makarenko


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Women’s land rights and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) were amongst the main issues at the 2015 Land and Poverty Conference at the World Bank headquarters, co-founded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). For the first time an Innovations Fair and MasterClass clinics complemented the conference.

Under the overall theme “Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity” the World Bank held its 16th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty in Washington D.C., USA, from the 23rd to the 27th March. As indicated in the conference programme booklet, “the topic highlights that, while land tenure affects the distribution of assets between men and women, generations, and social groups, patterns of land use have far-reaching implications for welfare and other socio-economic outcomes at household, community, or landscape level”.

More than 1,000 representatives from 123 countries from governments, civil society, academia, development community, and the private sector attended the event to discuss issues of land policy and land management. The aim of the Land and Poverty conference is to foster dialogue and sharing of good practices around the diversity of reforms, approaches and experiences in the land sector that are of concern to communities, land practitioners and policy-makers at all levels. 

Substantial reference was made to gender aspects and the central importance of women’s land rights in numerous papers, debates and the programme as a whole.

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