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World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2014

Call for Papers

World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2014

Every year the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty brings together representatives from governments, civil society, academia, the development community, and the private sector to discuss issues of concern to communities, land practitioners and policymakers worldwide. The conference aims to foster dialogue and the sharing of best practices on the diversity of reforms, approaches and experiences that are being implemented in the land sector around the world (see the 2013 conference website for more details and the papers presented last year).


Under the theme of “Land Governance in the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact”, the 2014 conference will focus on building a shared understanding of best practices in land governance. By providing an opportunity to strengthen collaboration between diverse experts in land governance, the conference aims to put stakeholders at the country level in a position to address this key development issue.

Papers are invited for presentations at the conference in seven thematic areas:


• Securing and protecting land rights from a gender perspective
• Managing urban landscapes
• Attracting responsible land-based investment for local benefits and common resource management
• Maximizing benefits from spatial data
• Strengthening country level institutions
• Fostering transparency in land ownership, use, and administration
• Research on key aspects of land governance


Authors interested in presenting at the conference are requested to submit an initial 800 to 1,500 word abstract. The final paper should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words. Submission of an abstract implies the author’s willingness to review up to four other abstracts. A technical committee will decide on paper acceptance based on the following criteria:


• Innovative nature and policy relevance
• Contribution to the literature and body of knowledge in general
• Quality of methodology and analytical rigor
• Links to capacity building


Authors will have the choice to submit an abstract individually or create a group proposal.

The deadline for group proposal submission is November 10, 2013.

The deadline for individual abstract submission is November 17, 2013.

Please follow the instructions for submission via the online form on the 2014 conference website.

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