This week, the World Bank will host its annual Conference on Land and Poverty in Washington, DC. The theme of the conference is “Integrating Land Governance into the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact.”
Throughout the week, USAID staff will chair several sessions, including:
- Dr. Gregory Myers, Chief of the Land Tenure and Property Rights Division will chair two sessions–“Land policies in Kenya and Uganda: A roadmap for successful implementation and donor support” and “Evidence on ‘Agricultural Investors’ In Africa: Is There A ‘Missing Middle’?”
- David Atwood, Food Policy Advisor for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security will chair “Monitoring land governance: Options, evidence, and complementarities”
- Melissa Ho, Senior Policy Advisor for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security will chair “Improving Understanding of Large Scale Investment”
- Mercedes Stickler, Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist in USAID’s Land Tenure and Property Rights Division will chair a session on Pasture Tenure
Dr. Myers will present a global land governance database and map that captures information on 445 programs in 119 countries. In the same session, Dr. Myers will also speak about a new multi-stakeholder partnership between the governments of Ethiopia, Germany, the UK, and the U.S. that will strengthen property rights and support greater transparency in rural land governance in Ethiopia. This type of multi-stakeholder partnership provides a model for greater donor coordination in the land and resource governance sector.
Several USAID land tenure projects will be featured throughout the week. Download and read the papers below, then follow @USAIDEnviro @USAIDEconomic and #landrights for live tweets during the presentations.
- Rural-Urban Migration and Land and Rural Development Policies in Ethiopia (Zemen Haddis, USAID/Ethiopia) (PowerPoint)
- Exploring the use of conceptual models to identify scenarios, lessons, and entry points for community-scale marine resource tenure and governance (Catherine Courtney, Tenure and Global Climate Change Project)
- Land use policy reform process in Burma: Engaging stakeholders and learning lessons from the region (Rob Oberndorf, Tenure and Global Climate Change Project)
Visit the LTPR Portal all week for frequent updates from the conference. Make sure to follow USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3) Bureau and #landrights on Twitter: