Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Location: MC 2-850
Date: Tuesday, 20/Mar/2018
2:00pm - 3:30pm03-14: Roundtable: Land sector impact evaluations
Session Chair: Harold Liversage, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Italy
MC 2-850 

Opening Remarks

Oumar Sylla

UN-Habitat, Kenya

Guidelines for Impact Evaluation of Land Tenure and Governance Interventions

Jennifer Lisher

Millennium Challenge Corporation, United States of America



Heather Huntington

Cloudburst Consulting Group, United States of America


Michael O'Sullivan

World Bank, United States of America


Caleb Stevens

USAID, United States of America


Jolyne Sanjak

Landesa, United States of America


Date: Wednesday, 21/Mar/2018
8:30am - 10:00am05-13: Securing Forest Tenure for Rural Development: An Analytical Framework for Understanding and Strengthening Forest Tenure Security
Session Chair: Gerardo Segura Warnholtz, The World Bank Group, United States of America
MC 2-850 

Relevance of forest tenure security for sustainable development and the environment: Addressing the “Why”

Julia Bucknall

World Bank, United States of America

How can we improve forest tenure security in our dialogue and interventions with clients and partners. Addressing the “How”

Jorge Munoz

World Bank, United States of America

Introduction to the Tenure Assessment Tools

Malcolm Childress

Global Land Alliance, United States of America

Securing Forest Tenure for Rural Development: An Analytical Framework for Understanding Issues and Opportunities to Strengthen Forest Tenure Security

Jenny Springer1, Gerardo Segura2, Malcolm Childress3

1Equator Group; 2World Bank, United States of America; 3Land Alliance

10:30am - 12:00pm06-13: Leveraging LGAF
Session Chair: Thea Hilhorst, World Bank, United States of America
MC 2-850 

Ghana: Leveraging LGAF for land policy road map and designing NELGA support to monitoring and analytical capacity building

John Bugri

KNUST, Ghana



Building on LGAF for Land Governance Activity Mapping

David Egiashvili

FAO, Italy



Using LGAF for monitoring and sharing good practice in IGAD

Esther Obaikol

Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Djibouti



LGAF a diagnosis approach to analyse the land governance in North Africa

Moha El-ayachi

Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medecine, Morocco



Guatemale: Building a Policy Dialogue Around Housing using LGAF

Victor Endo

Land Alliance, Peru



Date: Thursday, 22/Mar/2018
8:30am - 10:00am09-13: New Ways of Dealing with Land Conflict
Session Chair: Laura Cunial, Norwegian Refugee Council, Jordan, Hashemite Kingdom of
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Alternative Land Conflict Transformation: A Cambodia Innovation

Sophorn Poch

Independent Mediation Organization (IMG), Cambodia

When Cambodian Government granted Economic Land Concessions (ELCs) to investors from 2005 onwards, Indigenous People, rural people, women, and children in the targeted areas have been affected by many land disputes left unsolved despite the Government’s efforts. However, there are successful cases of land dispute resolution through mediation. The dispute between Hoang Anh Gia Lai and 14 IPCs in Ratanakiri which was mediated by the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) has come to an agreement yet has not been officially approved by the Government. For the case of six communities in Northeastern province and a foreign rubber plantation company, the Independent Mediation organization (IMG) supported by Mekong Region Land Governance has accomplished the pre-mediation/assessment stage and a first round of negotiation stage following the key principles of mediation. However, mediation approaches still face many challenges like power imbalances and capacity building, lack of trust, and miscommunication.


Innovation In Land Disputes Mediation And Land Governance In Conflict Situations: Evidence From Eastern DRC And The State Of Jubbaland, Somalia.

Nelson Marongwe, Oumar Sylla, Ombretta Tempra Tempra

UN-Habitat, Kenya

The paper captures the experiences of land dispute mediation in Eastern DRC and the application of a ‘new model’ of governance to deal with land conflicts in the State of Jubbaland in Somalia. The two case studies present clear examples on the use of innovation in dealing with land conflicts and land governance challenges. In the context of DRC, the paper interrogates the major steps followed in implementing land mediation work. It shows that a very significant output of land mediation has been the signing of Peace Agreements by the parties to a conflict, witnessed by other key stakeholders. This has stabilizing the effect, thereby allowing peace to return and concerned parties to work on the land. In connection with Jubbaland, the paper demonstrates how and why a new; clan-based governance model is working in favour of the land rights of minority clans, thereby contributing to peace and stability.


Land Governance And State Building In Conflict Contexts: 10 Country Cases

Ombretta Tempra, Clarissa Augustinus, Oumar Sylla

UN-Habitat / Global Land Tool Network, Kenya

Through the analysis of ten country case studies, this paper illustrates how good land governance contributes to peace and stability in conflict affected contexts by strengthening the capacity, the institutions and the legitimacy of the state (state-building) and addressing land-related root causes of conflict.

10:30am - 12:00pm10-13: Taxing Real Property in Africa: Status & Prospects
Session Chair: Willy Govender, Data World, South Africa
MC 2-850 

Policy Challenges

Martin Grote

IMF, United States of America

Policy challenges


Are the Property Tax Challenges Africa Face Different from Elsewhere in the World?

Joan Youngman

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, United States of America

Are the Property Tax Challenges Africa Face Different from Elsewhere in the World?

Land Tenure Issues

Lawrence Walters

Brigham Young University, United States of America

Land tenure issues

Administrative Challenges

William Mccluskey

African Tax Institute, University of Pretoria, United Kingdom

Administrative Challenges


Current Status and Future Prospects

Riel Franzsen

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Current status and future prospects

2:00pm - 3:30pm11-13: Roundtable: New Technology, Women, and Land
Session Chair: Jolyne Sanjak, Landesa, United States of America
MC 2-850