2018 World Bank 19th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty

The World Bank is delighted to call on individuals for abstract submissions for the 19th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty to be held March 19 – 23, 2018 in Washington, DC, USA.All submissions are to be completed before the stated deadline

 The Land and Poverty conference will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. The 2018 conference theme will be: Land Governance in an Interconnected World
Type: Call for Papers/Conferences

Field of Study: Conference priority themes for oral presentations and posters:

  1. New academic research on the impact of land tenure security for sustainable development, equity and prosperity, (results and their policy relevance;  new research methodologies);
  2. New rigorous impact evaluations on scalable approaches toward strengthening land governance;
  3. New ways of using spatial data (imagery, drones, mobile phones etc.) to strengthen land governance, sustainable land use, and/or support land administration services in urban and/or rural settings;
  4. Innovations for securing land and resource rights in customary settings, gender, collective action, and role of customary authorities;
  5. Progress with land governance performance monitoring, approaches to (gender) disaggregation, and Sustainable Development Goals;
  6. Requirements for moving from pilots to land administration service delivery at scale: good, cheap, fast and equitable;
  7. Improving resilience and resilience impact of national land and geospatial systems; and seamless, unified and comprehensive geospatial data for enhanced management of landscapes and inclusive land reform;
  8. Modernizing and financing land service delivery and organizations, contribution private sector;
  9. New insights on land governance strategies for conflict prevention and supporting peace agreements;
  10. Fair leverage of land for realizing and financing infrastructure, housing, urban expansion, and public goods;
  11. Achieving responsible large-scale land based investments: lessons learned 10 years on.
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To Be Taken At (Country): Washington, DC, USA.


  • Abstracts should be between 800 and 1,500 words, anonymous, written in American English, and submitted online in Word format. Abstracts less than 800 words will not be reviewed.

Selection Criteria: Abstract selection for presentation is on the basis of a double blind peer-review process. Criteria are

  • relevance to conference thematic tracks;
  • evidence-based and methodological appropriateness;
  • innovative and new;
  • significance of findings for policy or research agenda; and
  • clarity of presentation.

More than one abstract can be submitted; due to space limitation only one accepted abstract can be presented by a participant.

How to Apply: Please submit abstract for oral presentation of an individual paper, poster, or MasterClass by October 13, 2017 via Conftool (Please view guidelines on how to create a new user account and submit an abstract).

Application Timeline:

  • Deadline: 13th October 2017
  • Conference registration should be completed by 1st February, 2018.
  • Full papers should be uploaded by 15th February, 2018.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: The World Bank

Important Notes: 

  • Abstract acceptance for oral presentation, poster and masterclass will be communicated by December 4, 2017.
  • Kindly note that inclusion of an accepted presentation in final conference program is conditional on timely conference registration and uploading of full paper or poster.
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