The World Bank Land and Poverty 2013 Conference
Report by Alanna Hartzok
The World Bank Land and Poverty 2013 conference was held April 8 – 11 at WB headquarters in Washington. Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist had this to say in his welcome letter:
Land is widely recognized as a key factor for sustainable and equitable development. Without well-defined land rights it is difficult to address global challenges such as climate change, urbanization, gender equality, food security and overall development…. The enormous interest in this conference, with more than 800 participants from governments, academia, civil society, private sector and development agency partners from 90 countries suggests that there are many who share the belief in the importance of land and the possibility of positive change…. I hope the debates in this conference will result in improved capacity, innovative ideas, and concrete action at the country level to improve the lives of people and promote overall development.