Land and Poverty Conference 2019: Catalyzing Innovation | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data
Contact / Event organiser: 
Klaus W. Deininger,

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.

Welcome to the 20th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty! This year’s conference theme will be: Catalyzing Innovation.

The Land and Poverty conference presents the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on land governance around the world. This conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,500 participants from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector. Please consult the video recordings, papers, and presentations from the 2018 conference and the 2017 conference.


  • The World Bank is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 20th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty to be held March 25 – 29, 2019 in Washington, DC, USA, at World Bank headquarters.

    Conference structure

    • March 25: Pre-conference plenary session (9 AM – 4PM); Official opening at 5 pm
    •  March 26–28: Parallel thematic tracks with oral paper presentations and policy round tables (8.30 AM – 5.15 PM). Closing session on March 28th at 4PM followed by a reception (5.30 – 7.30 PM)
    • March 26–28: Poster sessions
    • March 29: Learning day: MasterClasses and field visits
    • March 25–29: Exhibition booths in Atrium (If interested to present, please contact conference organizers on availability and conditions)


    Submission instructions for paper abstract

    Please submit abstract for oral presentation of an individual paper, poster, or MasterClass by October 12, 2018 via Conftool (Please view guidelines on how to create a new user accountsubmit an abstract for an individual paper and submit an abstract for a poster) Abstracts should be between 800 and 1,500 words, anonymous, written in American English, and submitted online in Word format. Abstractsless than 800 words will not be reviewed. Abstract selection for presentation is on the basis of a double-blind peer-review process. Criteria are (i) relevance to conference thematic tracks and overall theme; (ii) evidence-based and methodological appropriateness; (iii) innovative and new; (iv) significance of findings for policy, implementation or research agenda; and (v) clarity of presentation. Abstract acceptance for oral presentation, poster and masterclass will be communicated by December 3, 2018. Due to space limitation, registered participants will be assigned max. one slot for oral presentation (for accepted abstracts only). If an additional abstract was accepted, it will be included in the poster presentations. Kindly note that inclusion of an accepted presentation in final conference program is conditional on timely conference registration and uploading of full paper, poster or material for masterclass. Deadline conference registration: February 1, 2019 Deadline submission full papers and posters: February 15, 2019

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