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The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt was pleased to announce the Second Arab Land Conference, organized under the patronage of the Egyptian Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities.
The Conference was organized by the Housing and Building National Research Centre (HBRC) represented by the Urban Training and Studies Institute (UTI) in partnership with UN-Habitat, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the World Bank (WB), the Dubai Land Department.The Conference allowed both in-person and virtual attendance and took place 22nd–24th February 2021 in Cairo, Egypt.
The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt was pleased to announce the Second Arab Land Conference to be organized under the patronage of the Egyptian Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities. The Conference was organized by the Housing and Building National Research Centre represented by the Urban Training and Studies Institute (UTI) in partnership with UN-Habitat, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the World Bank, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the Dubai Land Department. See the Conference’s Announcement in Arabic, French and English.
The Conference allowed both in-person and virtual attendance and took place on the 22, 23 and 24th February 2021 in Cairo, Egypt. To provide a full conference experience while fully respecting the COVID-19 guidelines, the event allowed a combination of onsite and remote participation for panelists, presenter and other participants to high level sessions and technical sessions.
The Conference marked an important milestone in the roadmap towards establishing good land governance in the Arab region. The Conference promoted good land management and land administration by focusing on the priorities of the Arab Land Initiative: promote collaboration and coordination; develop and share knowledge; develop capacities of individuals and organizations; and support the implementation of land-related programmes and interventions. The Conference was a platform to discuss countries experiences, present new research, foster high level support and ownership to tackle land governance, and to empower and develop the capacities of the land stakeholders from the region.
Experts and practitioners had the opportunity to submit and present papers relevant to the eight topics of the conference:
- Land management and administration: tools and practices
- Land and property registration: modernization and reform
- Land management in time of crisis: conflicts, climate change and epidemics
- Access to land for women and vulnerable groups: successful practices and lessons learnt
- Efficient land use: tools and practices
- Technologies and smart solutions: enhancing land management, land development and construction
- Private sector participation: policies and practices
- Capacity development: successes and gaps
Programmes and Bulletins
Conference videos in English
Conference videos in Arabic
Conference videos in French
Land governance is strongly related to peace , it is linked to livelihood, identity and power. Good land governance, including the key aspects of mediating and resolving land-related disputes and the protection of the housing, land and property rights of all, leaving no-one behind, and are cornerstones for peace. In the Arab region, competition and conflict over land and land-based resources has been dramatically intensifying under the growing pressures of climate change, population growth and movements, increased food insecurity, and changing land use.
Capacity development is defined as ‘‘The process through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time” OECD (2006). Capacity development is very important in the Arab region to ensure that the management of land and land-based resources matches the challenges of current times. It is also an important aspect for establishing a well-functioning land sector. Despite this, capacity development alone cannot enhance land governance .
The Arab region suffers from many challenges in the land governance and land management sector. Most importantly, tenure insecurity in the Arab region is the highest in the world. In the Worldbank’s Registering Property- Doing Business indicator, the region ranks lower than any other region, with the exception of some Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Tenure insecurity negatively affects many aspects of the economy including urbanization, agricultural development, the private sector and women's empowerment, just to name of a few.
Land Portal: What do you feel are the aims of the Conference and what do you hope to achieve?
It is widely understood that effective use of land, the sustainable production of food and development are linked. Yet, creating effective policy, which takes into account broader notions such as economic prosperity and social justice, especially in the context of competing claims to land use and title, still presents significant challenges. The difficulties are compounded by the fragmented nature of information resources about land.
From revolution and conflict to shifting demographics and women’s empowerment – big change is underway in the Arab world, much of it linked to questions of land. Perceptions data is a quick and effective way to understand the impact this change is having and map a smart way forward that meets the needs of people today.
Prindex Researcher Joseph Feyertag sets out some key findings from his latest paper 'How perceived tenure security differs between men and women in the MENA region'