Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Location: Preston Auditorium
Date: Monday, 19/Mar/2018
9:30am - 10:30am00-01: Improving generation & access to land related data from different sources
Session Chair: Tim Fella, ESRI, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Using high resolution imagery to reliably generate building footprints at scale: Current technology and potential applications

Jeremy Hale

DigitalGlobe, United States of America

to be filled

Linking building footprints with cadastral and tax data in Lusaka: Implications for Zambia and beyond

Kelvin Chibangula2, Daniel Ayalew Ali1, Trevor Kaunda2, Klaus Deininger1

1World Bank, United States of America; 2Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, Zambia

to be filled


Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform - Supporting Sustainable Urban Development with Big Data from Space

Christoph Aubrecht

European Space Agency (ESA) & The World Bank, United States of America

to be filled


New Opportunities for Using the Cloud to Improve Data Access and Analysis

Michael Lokshin

World Bank, United States of America

Cloud for Development project.

11:00am - 12:30pm00-02: Combining data from different sources to quantify benefits from land interventions
Session Chair: Innocent Matshe, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya
Preston Auditorium 

Integrating Mapping into Household Surveys

Michael Lokshin

World Bank, United States of America

Survey Solutions is free CAPI software developed in the Survey Unit of DECDG to speed up the process of survey data collection, improve data quality and cut survey costs. The project aims to build capacity in developing countries by providing institutions involved in data collection with cost-effective, sustainable solution for conducting complex, large-scale surveys. The software combines powerful functionality for data capturing on tablets with tools for survey management and cloud data aggregation. Survey Solutions was used in more than 1000 national surveys in 114 countries around the world.

Please visit Survey Solutions websites and youtube channel for more information:


Fiscal and Productivity Losses from Inaccurate Land Rights in Malawi

Klaus Deininger, Fang Xia, Daniel Ali

World Bank, United States of America

to be filled


Monitoring Performance and Impact of Sustainable Land Management projects in Ethiopia

Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger, Daniel Monchuk

World Bank, United States of America

to be filled


Assessing the size of informal land cultivation and shadow market for agricultural commodities in Ukraine

Denys Nizalov1, Denis Bashlyk2

1University of Kent/ KEI at KSE, United Kingdom; 2Stategeocadastre, Ukraine

to be filled

2:00pm - 3:30pm00-03: Using land use data to predict differences in poverty: New evidence and implications for policy
Session Chair: Roy Van der Weide, The World Bank, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Using spatial data to generate small area estimates of poverty and population: Initial lessons

David Locke Newhouse

The World Bank, United States of America

to be filleed

00-03-Locke Newhouse-1203_paper.pdf
00-03-Locke Newhouse-1203_ppt.ppt

Generating a Global Map of Sub-national Poverty Estimates

Joao Pedro Wagner De Azevedo

The World Bank, United States of America

to be filled

00-03-Wagner De Azevedo-1204_ppt.pptx
4:30pm - 6:00pm00-11: Conference Opening: Cities, Land Use and Property Rights
Session Chair: Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, The World Bank, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Cities, Land Use and Property Rights

Edward Glaeser

Harvard University, United States of America

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Anacláudia Rossbach

Cities Alliance, Brazil




Robert Lewis-Lettington




Date: Tuesday, 20/Mar/2018
8:30am - 10:00am01-01: How to encourage producer-level companies to address land tenure risks?
Session Chair: Chloe Christman, Oxfam America, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Implementation of Land Rights Commitments Through Suppliers

Andrew Slight

PepsiCo, United States of America

To be

A Multi-stakeholder Approach to Addressing Land Tenure Risk Through the Supply Chain

Donald Bryson Ogden

Rights and Resources Initiative, United States of America

To be.

Opportunities in Private Sector Engagement and Action on Land Rights

Joan Carling

Indigenous Peoples Major Group for the SDGs, United States of America

to be filled

Implementing Land Rights Commitments Across Company Operations

Laura Eshbach

Landesa, United States of America

to be filled

10:30am - 12:00pm02-01: Land in an interconnected world: Whose land? Whose Agenda?
Session Chair: Ibrahim Mwathane, Land Development and Governance Institute (LDGI), Kenya


Preston Auditorium 

Setting the agenda for Government’s catalytic role in Democratic Republic of Congo: harnessing land resources for development

Lumeya Dhu Maleghi

Ministère des Affaires Foncières, Congo, Democratic Republic of the


The Role of Customary Authorities in Facilitating Governance

Drani Stephen Izakare

Madi Community

to be filled

Developing requisite capacities for land governance in Africa

Paul Tchawa

University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon


Secured Land Rights and Sustainable Agricultural Investments

Harison Randriarimanana

Presidency in charge of Agriculture and Livestock, Madagascar

to be filled


Envision Integrated Land Use Policy and Planning to Enahanced Land Governance in Ethiopia: Practice and Challenges

Ato Belete Tafere

Prime Minister Office, Ethiopia

Ethiopia has committed itself to a green, rapid, inclusive, and sustainable growth trajectory of reaching middle income status by 2025 through implementing its Climate-Resilient Green Economy (CRGE, 2011 to 2030) strategy. Despite demonstrating one of the fastest and broad based growing economy in the past decade, the incidence of poverty and environmental challenges such as land degradation, depletion of natural capital and unprecedented urbanization challenges in the country is still high. However, Ethiopia has prioritized the role of natural capital to drive growth and its prosperity while get its urbanization “right” through optimal land use decisions. With a forward-looking the National Integrated Land Use Policy and Planning initiative expected to guide the sustainable structural transformation of the rural and urban life and its natural capital by providing a very coordinated, participatory, all serving, aligned and harmonized land use plans that promote land governance.


Putting It All together: Whose Land? Whose Agenda?

Joan Kagwanja

UNECA, Ethiopia

to be filled

12:30pm - 2:00pm00-12: Plenary: Using the SDGs to institutionalize reporting & analysis of land data
Session Chair: Yongyi Min, United Nations, United States of America

VC with FAO - Rome

Preston Auditorium 

Enabling Gender-Disaggregated Reporting on Land Ownership and Use: How FAO Collaborates with Partners to Make It Possible

Pietro Gennari, Chiara Brunelli

FAO, Italy

to be filled


Helping to Establish the Methodology for Country-level Data Collection on Key (Urban) Land Data Globally: The Role of UN Habitat

Aisa Kacyira, Robert Lewis-Lettington, Oumar Sylla


to be filled

Moving SDG indicators 1.4.2. & 5.a.1 to tier I: Why and how

Gero Carletto, Klaus Deininger, Thea Hilhorst, Wael Zakout

World Bank, United States of America

Although land rights are of paramount importance for a host of development outcomes and millions of dollars are spent on programs to improve land rights, weak and non-comparable data make it difficult to coherently identify gaps, orient policy dialogue, assess interventions’ effectiveness and sustainability, thus providing the basis for a concerted public and private sector effort to make land rights more secure for all. Inclusion of land related indicators under the SDGs provides a unique opportunity to address this gap. The presentation will highlight custodians’ efforts to move towards tier I in three areas, namely (i) methodology development to provide relevant data; (ii) efforts to expand ramp up household survey and administrative data collection and the opportunities these create; and (iii) initiatives to build analytical capacity and global reporting to ensure data are used and feed into ongoing land policy dialogues.

2:00pm - 3:30pm03-01: Urban Development: Rebuild and Plan Ahead
Session Chair: Patrick Lamson-Hall, New York University Marron Institute, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Making Room for Urban Expansion in Colombia

Nicolas Galarza

New York University, United States of America

This paper reports on the experience gained so far at the NYU Urban Expansion Program in working with two intermediate-size, rapidly growing cities in Colombia, Valledupar and Monteria, in making preparations for their coming expansion. The municipalities of these two cities, with the support of NYU, have embarked on a simple four-point action program to make room for accommodating their growing populations. The action program focuses on making realistic 30-year projections of land needs, ensuring the administrative jurisdiction of projected areas of expansion, preparing an arterial road grid in these areas and securing the rights-of-way of the entire grid now, and creating an institutional framework for protecting public open spaces in the expansion area. Both cities have made significant progress in implementing their respective action programs. We report on the process they followed, the lessons learned, and the prospects for similar initiatives in other countries, both in Latin America and elsewhere.


Making Room for Urban Expansion in Ethiopia

Bizualem Admasu Nesir

Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, Ethiopia

to be filled

Using Land Value Capture in Transport Oriented Development in Cape Town

Craig John Kesson

City of Cape Town, South Africa

The presentation provides an assessment of tools that the City of Cape Town has developed with a range of professional teams to understand land use values and options within a TOD strategy which can assist decision-makers in pursuing their policy goals. It provides context for the work which has been done to produce management data in a Medium Term Infrastructure Investment Framework (MTIIF), the constraints and potential of this data, and further areas for public policy option development and decision-analysis in building a more resilient city. This is critical work for the City of Cape Town as it moves to address the shocks and stresses of historic spatial, social, and economic inequality and become a government which is driven by data and firm public policy research in ways that enable the optimal pursuit of strategy, financial and budget alignment, and meaningful engagements with all stakeholders, from the market to communities.


Urban Growth Scenarios: Perspectives from Jordan, Indonesia, Côte d'Ivoire and Mexico

Ricardo Ochoa Sosa, Tania Guerrero Ríos, Carmen Valdez Berriozábal, Guillermo Velasco Rodríguez


Urban Growth Scenarios (UGS) gather the main urban concerns that a city is facing and model the effects of possible solutions to such problems in a range of indicators. With UGS local stakeholders can simulate land use and population density changes, and visualize the potential effects of different urban policies. The outcomes from UGS can be used by local governments to create consensus, request funding and disseminate potential benefits of their projects.

In this presentation we share reflections about the implementation of Urban Growth Scenarios in 45 cities in four different countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Jordan and Mexico.

03-01-Ochoa Sosa-1059_ppt.pdf

Evaluating the Impacts of the Dar es Salaam BRT System

Gharad Bryan3, Melanie Morten2, Bilal Siddiqi1

1World Bank; 2Stanford University; 3London School of Economics

Rapidly growing cities across the developing world are making large investments in transport infrastructure to increase urban mobility, boost employment and productivity, and improve the social and economic lives of residents. We evaluate the impacts of one such investment: a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The first BRT line opened in May 2016, and up to five additional lines are planned over the coming decade. We identify causal impacts through a spatial triple-differences approach, combined with a general equilibrium model of economic activity. We also experimentally test two complementary interventions to increase access to transport for the urban poor: (i) a fare subsidy to make BRT travel more affordable, and (ii) a location subsidy to offset rising costs of living in BRT-proximate neighborhoods. These experiments will inform fare pricing, affordable housing, and transit-oriented development policies, as well as produce key elasticities for the model.

3:45pm - 5:15pm04-01: Land Value Capture to Finance Cities
Session Chair: Valerie-Joy Santos, World Bank, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Creating Value to Capture It – Property Rights in Nairobi

Augustine Masinde Khaemba1, George Arwa2

1Ministry of Land,Housing and Urban Development, Kenya; 2Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning, Kenya

to be filled

04-01-Masinde Khaemba-1119_ppt.ppt

Land Value Capture in South Africa: Applicability and Constraints

Rob McGaffin

University of Cape Town, South Africa

to be filled


Porto Maravilho: Creating Social and Economic Value through Revitalization of Rio de Janeiro’s Industrial Waterfront

Alberto Silva

UNHabitat, Brazil

to be filled


Date: Wednesday, 21/Mar/2018
8:30am - 10:00am05-01: Innovating land and real estate management in the Arab region
Session Chair: Sultan Alakraf, Dubai Land Department, United Arab Emirates
Preston Auditorium 

Summary of the Outcome of the First Arab Land Conference

Wael Zakout

World Bank, United States of America

to be filled

Next Steps

Oumar Sylla

UN-Habitat, Kenya

to be filled

UN-GGIM Arab States: Outcome of Recent Meeting

Gregory Scott

United Nations Statistics Division, United States of America

to be filled

10:30am - 12:00pm06-01: Regularization of rural rights: lessons learned from Ethiopia, Liberia and Zambia
Session Chair: Steven Lawry, Center for International Forestry Research, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Opening Remarks

Carrie Thompson

USAID, United States of America

Expanding Land Certification to Pastoral Areas in Ethiopia

Zemen Haddis Gebeyehu

USAID, Ethiopia

Discussant of "Expanding Land Certification to Pastoral Areas in Ethiopia"

Tigistu Gebremeskel

Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia, Ethiopia

Scaling Low-Cost Customary Land Certification in Zambia

Caleb Stevens

USAID, United States of America

Discussant of "Scaling Low-Cost Customary Land Certification in Zambia"

Emmanuel Tembo

University of Zambia, Zambia

Supporting Community Land Documentation in Liberia

Rachael Knight

Namati, United States of America

Discussant of "Supporting Community Land Documentation in Liberia"

Ellen Pratt

Liberia Land Commission, Liberia

2:00pm - 3:30pm07-01: Implementing the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa
Session Chair: Paul Tchawa, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon
Preston Auditorium 

A Briefing on ALPC

Godfrey Bahiigwa1, Joan Kagwanja2

1African Union Commission, Ethiopia; 2UNECA, Ethiopia

to be filled


Monitoring and Evaluation of Land Governance in Africa (MELA) at Country Level

Jean Ousmane Camara1, Hosaena Ghebru2, Joan Kagwanja3

1Bâtiment de la Direction des Services Topographiques, Madagascar; 2International Food Policy Research Institute , United States; 3UNECA, Ethiopia

to be filled


The Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA)

Agnes Mwasumbi1, Judy Kariuki2

1Ardhi University, Tanzania; 2UNECA, Ethiopia


The African Union Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa of 2009 main objective is to promote land governance, land policy development and implementation in the continent. One of the key element of the declaration is the commitment of Heads of State and Government to take responsibility and spearhead land reform processes through strengthening institutions for effective land governance. Since then, a number of milestones have been achieved among them is the establishment of a Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA).

This paper provides an account of the process, set up, progress and achievements made in establishment of NELGA in the continent. It is noted that five regional nodes have been set up. These established nodes have made significant progress towards capacity development to strengthen human resource capacity and institutions in land administration and governance in Africa, in line with the AU Agenda on Land.


Championing the 30 Percent Campaign for Documented Land Rights for African Women

Nashilongo Katrina Shivute1, Hirut Girma2

1Public Services Commission, Namibia; 2UNECA, Ethiopia

to be filled

07-01-Katrina Shivute-1090_ppt.pptx

Integrating Land in National Agricultural Investment Plans: Lessons Learned

Joan Kagwanja1, Moses Kusiluka2

1UNECA, Ethiopia; 2Ministry of Lands, Tanzania

to be filled

3:45pm - 5:15pm08-01: Data for Managing Urban Growth
Session Chair: Sameh Naguib Wahba, World Bank, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Capturing Urbanization and SDGs at the City Level by Combining Data Sources

Lewis Dijkstra

European Commission, Belgium

To be filled


New Opportunities for Urban Land Governance by Exploiting Big Data from Earth Observation

Thomas Esch

DLR, Germany

Modern Earth Observation (EO) satellite missions provide valuable opportunities to address the information needs of land governance and land use planning by delivering dedicated data on the status and spatiotemporal development of the land surface – from global down to local scale, and from urban environments to rural settings. Nowadays, satellite missions such as the US Landsat program or the European fleet of Sentinel satellites collect terrabytes of high resolution imagery per day in a temporal and spatial coverage that opens up so far unprecedented possibilities for topographic mapping and environmental monitoring. But at the same time the analysis of this ‘big data from space’ requires new enabling technologies to effectively access, process, analyse and finally transform of the raw image data into ready-to-use thematic and actionable information for decision makers. Here, this contribution introduces latest developments and results of corresponding research activities at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).


Anatomy of Density: Towards an Evidence-Based Densification Strategy for Cities

Shlomo Angel

New York University, United States of America

to be filled


Better Data for Informed Decisions in Cities

Nancy Lozano Gracia

World Bank, United States of America

To be filled

08-01-Lozano Gracia-1058_paper.pdf

Data Needs for Planning Urbanization in Colombia

Luis Fernando Mejía

The National Planning Department, Colombia

to be filled


Date: Thursday, 22/Mar/2018
8:30am - 10:00am09-01: Improving Resilience and Resilience Impact of National Land and Geospatial Systems
Session Chair: Mika-Petteri Törhönen, The World Bank, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Improving Resilience and Resilience Impact of National Land and Geospatial Systems

Mika-Petteri Torhonen1, Alvaro Federico Barra1, Ivelisse Justiniano1, Abbas Rajabifard2, Katie Potts2

1World Bank, United States of America; 2University of Melbourne, Australia

The world is facing an increase in the frequency and severity of natural disaster events. Events which, when they strike, threaten the social, environmental and financial foundations of communities. And while these events cannot be prevented, their impacts can be limited. One strategy to meet these challenges is to leverage resources at hand, adopting the ‘create once, use many times’ viewpoint. It is in this line of thinking that this research project has emerged. National land administration systems are well-established in many countries, housing land, geospatial information and sophisticated data management systems including SDIs. These resources already facilitate disaster risk management practices, however wider application and incorporation of this information for improved disaster resilience has not yet been explored. Investigating and understanding this issue at a variety of contexts is the first step. This paper details the method and approach undertaken in this study, and presents a case study template.



Arvid Lillethun

Norwegian Mapping Authority, Norway

The Norwegian Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) is well developed, with 600 active partner organizations. It supports sustainable growth in the private sector as well as public services in most sectors and levels of society.Involvement and trust: Broad use depend on trust to data and solutions. We involve sectors, municipalities and the private GI sectors.

Distributed responsibilities: Each organization offer data according to agreed standards.Timeline: Development of a well-working NSDI takes time. Norway has a 25 years history. Standardization: Both ISO, OGC and national standards are essential for easy data flows.

Cost-sharing financial arrangements: Norway has an interesting model where national and municipal stakeholders do joint funding of data capture and management.

Geoportal: The national geoportal is an important focal point for access to data and tools.

Legislation: The Geodata act and the open data policy has resulted in substantial increase in easy accessible data.

10:30am - 12:00pm10-01: How can urban regeneration projects help tackle poverty and address inequity of access?
Session Chair: Sameh Naguib Wahba, World Bank, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Making The Improbable Possible: Integrating Design And Infrastructure Across All 51 Miles Of The Los Angeles River

Omar Brownson

River LA, United States of America

Waterfront Redevelopment in Rio de Janeiro – Thinking about the Most Vulnerable

Alberto Silva

Urban Management Smart City Business Americas Institute, United States of America

12:30pm - 2:00pm00-15: Plenary: Private Land Rights and Public Land Acquisition: Reconciling the Tensions
Session Chair: Somik V. Lall, World Bank, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Private Land Rights and Public Land Acquisition: Reconciling the Tensions

Paul Collier

University of Oxford, United Kingdom


Yan Zhang

World Bank, China, People's Republic of

2:00pm - 3:30pm11-01: Integrated Approaches for the Sustainable Development of Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Lands and Territories after Legalization
Session Chair: Luis Felipe Duchicela, World Bank, United States of America

VC RDC; Translation French and Spanish

Preston Auditorium 

Community Forestry Concessions in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala

José Román Carrera1, Ana Centeno2

1Rainforest Alliance, Guatemala; 2Carmelita, Guatemala

to be filled

11-01-Román Carrera-1125_ppt.pptx

Current Status and Perspectives on Forests, Land Reform and Indigenous Peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kapupu Diwa

Current Status and Perspectives on Forests, Land Reform and Indigenous Peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo



Current Status and Perspectives on Forests, Land Reform and Indigenous Peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nyongolo Betto

Ligue Nationale des Associations des Autochtones Pygmées du Congo (LINAPYCO), Congo, Democratic Republic of the

to be filled

Re-opening the Path to Recognition of Afro-Colombians Collective Land Rights

Omaira Bolanos Cardenas

Rights and Resources Initiative, United States of America

Re-opening the Path to Recognition of Afro-Colombian Collective Land Rights

Afro-Colombians achieved recognition of their collective tenure rights under the 1991 National Constitution and Law 70 of 1993. In 24 years, the Colombian government recognized 5.53 million hectares of collective territory, with 95.3% of these lands titled in the Pacific region and only 4.6% in other areas of the country. This “pacific-center” interpretation and implementation of Law 70 excluded other Afro-descendant community councils requesting recognition of their collective lands. By combining advocacy, evidence-based analysis, and strategic alliances, The Process of Black Communities, PCN, demonstrated the vulnerable status of collective lands without legal recognition in the agrarian reform process of the peace accord. A partnership among PCN, Pontifical Javeriana University, and RRI contributed to the Afro-descendant movement to reach an agreement with the government’s land agency, re-opening the path to address land rights claims of 271 community councils throughout the country.

11-01-Bolanos Cardenas-1192_ppt.pptx

Experiences in Asia & Global Perspectives

Nonette Royo

The International Land Tenure Facility, United States of America

The Presentation will describe the Tenure Facility as a Dedicated Financial Mechanism to directly support indigenous peoples and local communities in their initiatives to secure their land tenure, starting with the key forest countries in the world.

This mechanism is designed to support national efforts for land rights recognition that are directly solicited by key IP and LC actors, networks or their appointed institutions, that are advancing with government as active participants or advisers.

It is also conducted with active participation of support organizations, CSOs, private sector counterparts as well as leveraging key bilateral and multilateral agencies interested, committed and invested in the process of securing land tenure.


Reflections on Rights Actualization versus Rights Recognition: Closing the Gap

Steven Lawry

Center for International Forestry Research, United States of America

to be filled

4:00pm - 5:00pmClosing Plenary
Session Chair: Shantayanan Devarajan, World Bank, United States of America
Preston Auditorium 

Brief Reflections

Dinesh Singh

Government of Inida, India


Brief Reflections

Betty Ongom Amongi

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Uganda


Brief Reflections

Olena Sukmanova

Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Ukraine


Brief Reflections

Sebastian Galiani

Treasury, Argentine Republic


Brief Reflections

Yansui Liu

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, China, People's Republic of

Brief Reflections

Innocent Matshe

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya


Concluding remarks

Klaus Deininger

World Bank, United States of America


Closing Plenary-Deininger-1231_ppt.pdf