LoGRI at the World Bank Land Conference 2024


LoGRI will participate in various sessions and host a panel discussion at the World Bank’s Land Conference, scheduled for May 13 to 17, 2024, in Washington DC. The theme for this year’ conference is “Securing Land Tenure and Access for Climate Action.”

In-person registration has closed, but you can still register to attend virtually. To watch the live stream of LoGRI’s session at the World Bank Land Conference and for the latest information, please visit the World Bank Conference website.

LoGRI’s experts, along with experts from partner institutions, will present at the following sessions. All session times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Panel Discussion

Leveraging Property Taxation to Strengthen Land Management and Sustainability

Date & Time: May 16, 2024, 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM EST

Location: MC 4-800 (Hybrid – in-person & virtual)

This session will explore the significant role of property tax reform in enhancing urban resilience and land management. Featuring insights from LoGRI, the discussion will highlight successful reform strategies for linking property tax reform, investment in urban climate resilience and efforts to strengthen land management in lower income countries. In doing so, the panel seeks to contribute to the emergence and spread of reform strategies that maximize potential benefits, while seeking to learn from the missed opportunities of past reform programs.

Chair: Dr. Wilson Prichard, Executive Director, ICTD, Chair, LoGRI & Associate Professor, University of Toronto


  • Rosetta Wilson, Independent Consultant & Program Lead FCDO-funded Property Tax Reform Projects
  • Camille Barras, Policy Lead, LoGRI
  • Frank Pichel, Land Information Specialist, PLACE
  • Dr. Colette Nyirakamana, Research Lead, LoGRI and Senior Research Associate, University of Toronto

Research Session

Using Property Taxation as the Basis for a Social Contract

Date & Time: May 16, 2024, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST

Location: MC 8-100 (in-person only)

“Building comprehensive property tax systems in lower-income countries: ‘cadaster-first’ versus ‘property tax-first’ approaches to property tax reform”

  • Dr. Wilson Prichard, Executive Director, ICTD, Chair, LoGRI & Associate Professor, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Colette Nyirakamana, Research Lead, LoGRI and Senior Research Associate, University of Toronto

“Strengthening the fiscal contract by linking property tax reform and participatory budgeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone”

  • Kevin Grieco, Postdoctoral Fellow, LoGRI

“The challenges of taxing properties on customary land”

  • Sripriya Iyengar Srivatsa, Doctoral Fellow, LoGRI

“Should local and traditional authorities collaborate in raising property tax? A study of property owner preferences in Zambia”

  • Nicolas Orgeira Pillai, Doctoral Fellow, LoGRI 

Additionally, Dr. Wilson Prichard, Executive Director, ICTD, Chair, LoGRI & Associate Professor, University of Toronto, is scheduled to speak at a session titled “Revolutionizing Land Administration: A Debate on Cadaster-first Versus Fit-for-Purpose and Property Tax-first Approaches to Achieve Tenure Security.” The session will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, at Location: MC 4-800, available both in-person and virtually.

Event Details

13 May 2024 to 17 May 2024

8:00 EDT6:00 EDT

World Bank Conference Website & Registration

Hosted by: The World Bank


Research Lead


Colette Nyirakamana

Research Lead

Dr. Colette Nyirakamana is Research Lead for the LoGRI program, and Senior Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining LoGRI, Colette worked as program lead of the African Property Tax Initiative  (APTI) at the International Centre for Tax and Development, where she was in charge of supporting APTI-funded researchers, leading research projects, engaging with key stakeholders and advising governments in the design of property tax reform efforts. Her research focuses on local finances with particular emphasis on the institutional and political factors that create favourable and unfavourable conditions for effective revenue mobilization. She holds a doctoral degree in Comparative Public Policy from McMaster University in Canada


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Wilson Prichard


Dr Wilson Prichard is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Department of Political Science, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Executive Director of the ICTD and Chair of the LoGRI program. His research focuses on the political economy of tax reform in lower-income countries and the relationship between taxation and citizen demands for improved governance in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  He is the authors of Taxation, Responsiveness and Accountability in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Dynamics of Tax Bargaining (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development (Zed Press, 2018) and Innovations in Tax Compliance: Building Trust, Navigating Politics and Tailoring Reform (World Bank, 2022), along with a range of academic articles.


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