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Land 2030: Land rights and inclusive sustainable growth

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Increased attention and visibility of land rights issues is a testimony of their critical role for achieving economic growth in an inclusive and sustainable manner. On Friday, April 21, 2017, a panel of policymakers and representatives from development partners, civil society, and academia came together to discuss the importance of secure land rights as the basic building block for other development actions.

Land is a complex issue to manage because it cuts across so many different elements of the sustainable development agenda. Throughout the discussion panelists emphasized the importance of securing land and property rights for improving food security, reducing forced displacement, protecting landscapes, reducing carbon emissions, and empowering women.

The panelists shared the view that a lot more needs to be done if we want to improve the security of land rights on a mass scale and achieve the land-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.  It was noted that new technologies provide additional mechanisms for reaching these goals, but a thorough consideration to political economy issues is critical for success. South-South dialogues and a strong focus on capacity building were identified as key strategies to formulate simplified, innovative solutions, especially for Africa. While political will is essential, governments and the development community should partner more with the private sector in promoting awareness at the community level about the importance of secure land rights for development.

Finally, the panelists recognized that the World Bank is playing a critical role in promoting secure land rights and welcomed the proposal of creating a new global partnership – the Land 2030 Global Partnership. The Partnership seeks to raise the profile of land and poverty issues and give a boost to unblock land and property rights for the majority of the world’s population.

View tweets from the session below. Learn more about the World Bank's work on land here

Click here to learn more about other events on building sustainable communities during
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Submitted by Dr J. Michael Cobb, FAICP on

The Land rights issues need to be coordinated with on-going planning for and management of rapid peri-urban uncontrolled spatial expansion, and a strong look at how land markets are operating. Otherwise new unplanned settlements around Global South cities will far outstrip only looking at existing and near term conditions.

Submitted by Anna Corsi on
Dear Dr. Cobb, thanks for your comment. Land rights indeed matter in the urbanization process. In fact, a focus area of our work on land is promoting and ensuring sustainable urbanization for all through sustainable land management. For example, you could learn more about land and urbanization in Africa in a recently published report here

Submitted by Dr. Purna Nepali on

Hi Anna Corsi

Now, I am Fulbright Fellow for my postdoc on Inclusive Agrarian Transformation. May we talk a little bit about Land 2030: Sustainable Growth... ?

Purna B. Nepali

Submitted by John Dean Markunas on

Has the topic of blockchain technologies been brought up when discussing the importance of secure land rights as the basic building block for other development actions? If so, are there any resources to access this topic in relation to the World Bank or other government institutions? Thank you.

Submitted by Anna Corsi on
Dear John: At the World Bank’s Land unit, we are assessing different disruptive technologies, including Blockchain, to see how, if at all, it could support the land rights agenda. In addition to the technology, we are also assessing possible legal and policy implications and the enabling environment conditions so that access to technology is not limited and the benefits are inclusive. Please refer to this brief for more information. Thank you. 

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