As part of the 15th annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty from March 24 to 27, Chemonics’ Katelyn Baldwin discusses the political economy of land reform.


Chemonics International is pleased to take part in the 15th annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty from March 24 to 27, 2014, at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Integrating Land Governance into the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact.” The conference will focus on building a shared understanding of best practices in land governance and aim to strengthen collaboration among diverse land governance experts, positioning country-level stakeholders to address land issues.

Chemonics’ Katelyn Baldwin will participate in a March 24 panel that addresses the political economy of land reform. In her presentation, Baldwin will share findings and recommendations from a paper co-authored with Chemonics colleagues Michael Geertson and Liberian consultant Ali Kaba. Entitled “Liberia at a Crossroads: The Political Economy of Key Policy and Institutional Reforms in the Land Sector,” the paper uses a political economy analysis (PEA) lens to examine how the interests and incentives of key actors shape the political dynamics of land reform in Liberia, making some reforms more likely to succeed than others.

In addition to sharing results of the team’s research, Baldwin argues for more widespread use of PEA — an emerging methodology in the aid community — as a way to assess the political dynamics surrounding reform goals and, ultimately, to inform development objectives and activities with the greatest likelihood of success.

For more than 20 years, Chemonics has worked with international donors, private sector partners, and local governments to pioneer solutions that increase the security of land and property rights and local control over natural resource management. Chemonics has worldwide experience with land reform initiatives and implementing projects in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

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