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Session Overview
Date: Tuesday, 15/Mar/2016
01-04: Good Examples of RAI Implementation
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Kathryn Elizabeth Mathias, Illovo Sugar Ltd, United Kingdom

Responsible business? The contribution of foreign land-based agribusiness investments to local sustainable development in Africa

Bram van Helvoirt, Guus van Westen, Evans Kariuki

Utrecht University, Netherlands, The

The Policy of the Utilization of Idle Lands as the Implementation of Responsible Land Governance in Indonesia

Ida Nurlinda

Padjadjaran University, Indonesia

The Impact of Larger-Scale Agricultural Investment on Communities: Further Voices from the Field

William Speller1, Hafiz Mirza1, Axele Giroud1, Jacqueline Salguero Huaman1, Grahame Dixie2, Asuka Okumura2

1: UNCTAD, Switzerland; 2: World Bank, Washington D.C.

02-04: How Can Partners Support Implementation of the RAI?
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Mathieu Boche, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI): translating principles into action

Marcela Villarreal

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy

Implication of Increasing Land Value on Land Tenure Security: Experiences from Kalangala Oil Palm Growers Trust, Uganda

Samuel Mabikke3, Nelson Basaalidde1, Connie Magomu Masaba2, Danilo Antonio3, Solomon Mkumbwa3, Richard Kabuleta2, John Gitau3, Harold Liversage4

1: Kalangala Oil Palm Growers Trust (KOPGT) Uganda; 2: Vegetable Oil Development Project (VODP) Uganda; 3: UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network; 4: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Responsible governance of tenure in extraterritorial investments using the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security: the cases of China, India and South Africa

Louisa Jansen, Andrew Hilton

FAO, Italy

03-04: Global Support to VGGT Implementation
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Ruth Hall, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

FAO’s global implementation programme on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security: progress, challenges and outlook

Paul Munro-Faure, Andrew Hilton, Louisa Jansen

FAO, Italy

The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security: First Lessons on Implementation through the EU Land Governance Program in Africa

Wordsworth Odame Larbi, Andrew Hilton, Eugene Rurangwa

FAO, Ethiopia

Tools for assessing national legislation against the VGGT: experience from Sierra Leone and other countries

Margret Vidar

FAO, Italy

Achieving De Facto Equality in Land Ownership and Control: Scaling Up Special Measures for Gender-Sensitive Legal Frameworks

Naomi Kenney

Food and Agriculture of the United Nations, Italy

04-04: Partner perspectives on VGGT Implementation
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Jorge Munoz, World Bank, United States of America

Quo Vadis VGGT? Learning From The Implementation Experiences Of Other Human Rights-Based Approaches And Instruments

Jes Weigelt, Charlotte Beckh, Elisa Gärtner

IASS, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany

Land in German Development Cooperation: Guiding Principles, Challenges and Prospects for the Future

Jorge Espinoza1, Michael Kirk2, Christian Graefen1, Florian Nitzinger1

1: GIZ, Germany; 2: Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

The Voluntary Guidelines On Governance Of Land Tenure and Implementation At The Local Level In Guatemala.

Laura Hurtado2, Geisselle Vanessa Sanchez2, Douglas Hertzler1

1: ActionAid USA; 2: ActionAid Guatemala

Implementation of Responsible Land Governance: A Land Information System for Sustainable Development in Turkana County

Francisco Carranza1, Solomon Mkumbwa2, Cyprian Selebalo2, John Gitau2

1: FAO, Kenya; 2: Global Land Tool Network at UN-Habitat

05-04: Roundtable: VGGT Implementation at the Local Level
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Virgilio delos Reyes, Republic of the Philippines Department of Agrarian Reform, Philippines

Inclusive land allocation in Mauritania: A success story of "Land Tenure Consensus Agreement" in Maghama

Mamadou Baro

University of Arizona, United States of America

Drivers of Sustainable Land Management in Eastern Africa

Oliver Kirui

Center for Development Research, Germany

Effective Land Adminstration Services Delivery in Nigeria: a Pre-requisite to Economic Development

Austen Okumo2, Hosaena Ghebru1

1: International Food Policy Research Institute, United States of America; 2: Hohenheim University, Germany

Date: Wednesday, 16/Mar/2016
06-03: Roundtable on Land Valuation Experiences
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: James Kavanagh, RICS, United Kingdom

Top 5 Recommendations for Jump-starting Valuation

Doug Bennett

Thomson Reuters, -

Realities of Valuation in an Informal Context

Danilo Antonio, Qhobela Cyprian Selebalo

UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network

Institutionalizing the Valuation Profession

Ronald Worth, Larry Clark

International Association of Assessing Officers, United States of America


Larry Clark

International Association of Assessng Officers, United States of America

07-03: Can Local Negotiations Be Made Transparent - And Do They Matter?
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Lorenzo Cotula, IIED, United Kingdom

Contribution of Geospatial Tools in Improving the Land Allocation to Communities Living in Agricultural Business Parks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Gloria Mangoni Ndindir, John Ulimwengu Mususa

DR Congo Prime Minister Office, Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Challenges in Participatory Land Governance: Decentralization and the Role of Local Governments in Decisions on Land-based Investments in Mozambique

Alda Salomao1, Celine Salcedo-LaVina2

1: Centro Terra Viva, Mozambique; 2: World Resources Institute, United States of America

Innovations in Community Registration in Nigeria to achieve tenure and food security through sustainable agriculture

Andrew Smith

Adam Smith International, Nigeria

08-04: Dispute Resolution at the Local Level
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Jon Unruh, McGill University, Canada

Community-based Land Dispute Resolution: Possible success stories from Afghanistan

Jawad Peikar1, Peyton Cooke2

1: Afghanistan Independent Land Authority (ARAZI), Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of; 2: United States Institute of Peace

Insights from Rwanda: Analysis of a Land Conflict Resolution Project in Eastern Province

Karina Kloos, Margaret McClung, Shih-Ting Huang

Landesa, United States of America

Certificates of Customary Land Ownership (CCO’s): A Tool for closing the Gender Asset Gap on Customary Tenure in post-conflict Northern Uganda

Eddie Nsamba-Gayiiya1, Herbert Kamusiime2, Christine Kajumba3, Sharon Akumu4

1: Associates Research Uganda; 2: Associates Research Uganda; 3: Associates Research Uganda; 4: Associates Research Uganda

Gender, Displacement and Intergenerational Land Conflicts in Northern Uganda

Sandra Joireman

University of Richmond, United States of America

09-04: Land Records in Post-Conflict Situations
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Oumar Sylla, UN-Habitat, Kenya

‘Fragmented Sovereignty’ over Property Institutions: The Evolution of a Customary Land System in the Chin Hills of Myanmar

SiuSue Mark

DFID-SIDA Pyoe Pin Programme in Myanmar, Myanmar

Multi-purpose Cadaster in a Post-conflict Context in Colombia

Manuel Fernando Castro Quiroz​​

National Planning Department

Which Interventions In Land Administration Facilitate Post-Conflict State Building?

Dimo Todorovski, Jaap Zevenbergen, Paul Van Der Molen

Faculty ITC< University of Twente, Netherlands, The

Land and rural development policy reforms in Colombia: The Path to Peace

Kevin Barthel2, Ricardo Torres1, Vanessa Cespedes1, Beatriz Salazar1, Margarita María Varón Perea2

1: LRDP - USAID; 2: Land Alliance, Colombia

10-04: Addressing Land in Post-Conflict Policies
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Joanna Peace De Berry, World Bank, United States of America

Housing, Land and Property Rights of Displaced Women in Somalia

Evelyn Aero, Juliette Syn

Norwegian Refugee Council, Somalia

Re-Establishing an Asset Base and Protecting Access to Productive Resources in Post-Conflict Areas of Northern Uganda

Edmond Malilo Owor1, Samuel Mabikke2, Lowie Rosales Kawasaki2, Danilo Antonio2, Rebecca Apio1

1: Uganda Land Alliance Uganda; 2: UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network

Land and conflicts in South Sudan: Taking the land question seriously in the peace building process

Francesca Marzatico

UN-Habitat Consultant, South Sudan

Solutions at Scale: Overcoming Land as a Driver of Conflict and Bottleneck to Recovery

Ombretta Tempra, Filiep Decorte, Oumar Sylla, Francesca Marzatico, Clarissa Augustinus

UN-Habitat, United States of America

Assembling evidence for a land and property restitution database during the Syrian civil war

Jon Unruh

McGill University, Canada

Date: Thursday, 17/Mar/2016
11-04: Consultation on UN-GGIM Expert Group on Land Administration and Management
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Vanessa Lawrence CB, The World Bank, United Kingdom

A Group of Experts on Land Administration and Management; Objectives and Approach

Cornelis de Zeeuw1, Cecille Blake2, Mahashe Chaka3

1: Kadaster, The Netherlands; 2: UN GGIM, USA; 3: LAA, Lesotho

Land Administration and Management: Developing Country Experiences under the umbrella of UN-GGIM

Mahashe Armstrong Chaka

Land Administration Authority, Lesotho


Oumar Sylla

UN-Habitat, Kenya


Peter Sullivan

Government of Canada, Canada


Hussein Farah

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), Kenya

Travelling The ‘Fit for Purpose’ Route: What Should Be Done Now to Avoid The Pitfalls Associated With Future Spatial Upgrading?

Lesley Arnold

Geospatial Frameworks and Research Fellow Curtin University, Australia


Jorge Munoz

World Bank, United States of America

12-04: Improving Land Tenure and Access to Housing
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Catalina Marulanda, World Bank, United States of America

Colombia Policy and Achievements on Integrating Land, Housing and Infrastructure Issues

Luis Felipe Henao Cardona

Ministry of Housing, City and Territory, Colombia

Affordable Housing in Argentina

Ivan Kerr

Ministry of Interior, Argentine Republic

A Home for Every Family in Peru – Challenges and Opportunities

Zoe Trohanis1, Catalina Marulanda1, Angelica Nunez1, Van Anh Vu Hong1, Vaness Bernal1, Luis Triveno1, Luis Tagle2, Guillermo Fernandez2, Haydee Yong2, Ariel Cano1, Jorge Ramirez1

1: The World Bank Group, United States of America; 2: The Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation, Government of Peru

Land Governance in Informal Settlements In Egypt

Ahmed Darwish

Ministry of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements, Egypt

13-04: New Approaches to Land Tenure Improvements in Africa
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Carin Smaller, IISD, Switzerland

Capitalizing on Commitments – New Initiatives, Lessons, and Priority Next Steps for Engaging the Private Sector on Community Tenure

Donald Bryson Ogden, Annie Thompson, Rodney Schmidt, Andy White

Rights and Resources Initiative, United States of America

Realizing Socially-Responsible Investments in Land from a Gender Perspective: Unpacking "Zero Tolerance" to Identify Barriers and Practical Steps to Achieve Positive Long-Term Change

Leslie Hannay1, David Bledsoe2, Mina Manuchehri2

1: Resource Equity, United States of America; 2: Landesa, United States of America

Corporate Journey: Challenges Of Implementing The VGGT In The Private Sector...

David Bledsoe1, Leslie Hannay2, Kate Mathias3

1: Landesa; 2: Center for Gender and Resource Equity; 3: Illovo Sugar Ltd

The Scalability Potential Of Inclusive Business In Agriculture: Can Bigger Be Better And For Whom?

Wytske Oeke Van Der Werf, Ward Anseeuw

University of Pretoria, South Africa

14-04: Research on Land Tenure Security and Livelihoods
Location: MC 4-800
Chair: Haileselassie Medhin, ECRC/EDRI and the University of Gothenberg, Ethiopia

Does land distribution affect poverty in Latin America? A cross-sectional analysis of Colombian municipalities

Gina Paola Rico Mendez1,2

1: Mississippi State University - Social Science Research Center, United States of America; 2: Fulbright

Sufficient or Necessary? Legal Documentation, Perceptions of Land Tenure Security, and their Effects on Livelihoods

Karina Kloos, Elizabeth Louis, Niketa Kulkarni, Diana Fletschner, Shih-Ting Huang

Landesa, United States of America

A New Classification of Legal Systems Based on Property Rights and Land Tenure: 1900-2010.

Ana Marija Dabo, Prasad Sankar Bhattacharya, Mehmet Ali Ulubasoglu

Deakin University, Australia

Land Reform and Economic Growth: A Century of Evidence from OECD Countries

Rajabrata Banerjee Banerjee1, Prasad Sankar Bhattacharya2, Mehmet Ali Ulubasoglu3

1: University of South Australia, Australia; 2: Deakin University, Australia, Australia; 3: Deakin University, Australia, Australia

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