Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Location: MC C2-135
Date: Thursday, 23/Mar/2017
1:00pm - 2:30pm11-14: Harnessing Blockchain Technology for Land Administration: Next Steps
Session Chair: Jacob Vos, Dutch Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster), Netherlands, The
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Date: Friday, 24/Mar/2017
9:00am - 10:30am13-11: Fit-for-Purpose Approach to Land Administration in Africa

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Implementing a Fit-For-Purpose Approach to Land Administration in Sub-Sahara Africa

Robin McLaren1, Stig Enemark1, Oumar Sylla2, Kathrine Kelm3

1FIG; 2GLTN; 3World Bank Group

The workshop will discuss about the opportunities and constraints related to closing the security of tenure gap in Sub-Sahara African countries. Although focused on Sub-Sahara African countries, experiences from other countries around the world can be part of the Master Class discussion.

The workshop will include some short statements from FIG, GLTN and World Bank related to the opportunities provided by implementing a Fit-For-Purpose approach to building national land administration systems providing secure tenure for all. This will be followed by short presentations from three African countries focusing on the benefits and constraints related to implementing this kind of flexible and scalable system.

There is an urgent need to build simple and basic systems within a relatively short timeframe and using a flexible and affordable approach to identify the way land is occupied and used - whether these land rights are legal or locally legitimate. The systems need to be simple and flexible in terms of spatial identification, legal regulations and institutional arrangements to meet the actual needs in society today and they can then be incrementally improved over time. This, in turn, will facilitate economic growth, social equity and environmental sustainability.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-11: Leveraging Land: Land-Based Finance

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Leveraging Land: Land-based Finance for Local Governments

Lawrence Walters1, Liz Paterson2, Jean duPlessis2, Rebecca Ochong2

1Brigham Young University, United States of America; 2UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) have released a new (2016) training package for land-based local government financing tools. This masterclass will introduce the package’s content and training methods. The package combines three powerful elements: (1) a discussion of the seven most common tools and a summary of the most recent literature on each, presented in a reader; (2) 21 case studies illustrating both strengths and weaknesses in the application of the tools, and (3) an interactive joint learning environment that can be adapted to the needs of participants and promotes learning through the development of individualized action plans. The seven tools covered are the annual tax on land and property, including the site value tax; betterment charges and special assessments; developer exactions and impact fees; land value capture taxes; the sale of development rights; the sale and leasing of public lands; and transfer taxes and stamp duties. The masterclass will focus on the package content, structure and training strategies. Participants will be asked to assess the relevance of, and potential for the training in their own context.