Webinar: Smarter Design of Land Administration Reform


Wednesday, 15th June 2022


Virtual (Cvent platform)



10:00PM - 11:00PM AEST


3:00PM - 4:00PM EAT

Washington DC

8:00AM - 9:00AM EDT

Session Brief

In June 2022, LEI celebrate 21 years of global contributions to land administration design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. We celebrated our 21-year milestone with this virtual event that explored and examined the potential for improving land administration reforms by complementing the current approach by using ‘thinking and working politically’ principles and practices.

View recording (for registered participants).

LEI has engaged in land projects for international development with the aim of helping to improve people’s access to tenure security, instigate equitable land and natural resource policies, and support stronger, more accountable, and efficient institutions for good land governance. We have applied our international knowledge and experience to hundreds of projects and the development of global tools to support decision making around land governance policies and investments.

Tony Burns, Executive Director, Business Development and one of the four founders of LEI, was our keynote speaker. He was joined by an expert panel made up of some of the world’s most experienced professionals active in researching, designing, and implementing land administration reform programs.

Tony’s keynote speech focused on the topic of his PhD thesis, a broad review of the experience and lessons of land administration reform over the past three decades, to fundamentally question the efficacy of reform interventions that are essentially economic and technical in their approach. Projects that are designed in this way have commonly drawn on a library of ‘templated’ best practices, but Tony contended that these practices have tended to underplay the ‘messy politics’ that are inherent in land governance, even when – and not surprisingly – these political forces have been powerful enough to undermine the implementation or erode the desired benefits of the reforms.

The experts on the panel responded to Tony’s keynote address, and his accompanying paper, from their perspectives as a development partner project designer, project implementer, country reform leader and land project and policy influencer. The sticky questions the considered were:

  • Test whether the essential components of land administration reform projects adequately ‘think and work politically’,
  • Ask, what are practical implications for defining, funding, implementing, and evaluating the reform outcomes of projects that adopt these principles and practices?
  • And, whether we can achieve better reform outcomes for all of the stakeholders by investigating and incorporating this knowledge of the political economy into well-established procedures, protocols and timeframes for designing land administration reform?

We strongly believe that bringing this discussion to the public arena is an important contribution to future land administration projects that create secure tenure for all that is locally driven and sustainable.


  • Welcome
  • Keynote: Presented by Tony Burns
  • Panel Response
  • Discussion
  • Concluding Remarks


Anthony (Tony) Burns

Executive Director,
Land Equity International

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Anthony (Tony) Burns

Anthony (Tony) Burns

Executive Director, at Land Equity International

As well as being a senior executive of LEI with more than 30 years’ experience in the land sector, Tony is one of the four founders of the company. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, and his thesis focuses on considering political economy in the design of land administration reforms.

He is a qualified registered surveyor, has an MBA from the University of Wollongong, a Master of Surveying Science from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing from the South Australian Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Technology (Surveying) from the South Australian Institute of Technology.

Tony is also an Advisory Group Member on the Board for the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration. Tony has 30 years’ international experience in all aspects of land administration systems across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific and South America.

His recent work concentrates on the development of a white paper and a suite of analytical tools in information and communication technology for Land IT Systems, preparation of costing and operations of a systematic registration Project Appraisal Document to improve land tenure security and stabilize the property rights of agrarian reform beneficiaries. In previous assignments, he has equally applied his depth and breadth to develop practical toolkits for donors and practitioners. Most notably he co-authored LGAF and CoFLAS. His ability to compile, analyse and translate complex data into meaningful metrics has also been applied to PPPs for Land Administration and improved donor decision making for sustainable land administration reforms.

Jolyne Sanjak

Sector Director,
Tetra Tech ARD

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Jolyne Sanjak

Jolyne Sanjak

Sector Director, at Tetra Tech ARD

Jolyne Sanjak, is a Senior Director of Land Tenure and Property Rights at TetraTech ARD. She is an agricultural economist who engages with partners to strengthen land governance, secure tenure for all, enhance rural livelihood opportunities, and champion gender equality and social inclusion. She has 35+ years of global experience. Jolyne is experienced in portfolio development and oversight, project design and management, monitoring and evaluation and includes a consistent focus on land governance as well as significant work in other aspects of international development. She has engaged in international development from academia, public sector, non-profit sector, and private sector consulting practice and taken leadership in shaping global policy on land governance. She is currently a sectoral manager and thought leader for Tetra Tech Global Development Services Land Tenure and Property Rights projects. Jolyne is responsible for portfolio growth and diversification, project quality assurance and team engagement and provides senior technical advice to activities. Her passion is to see a world with secure land rights for all people.

Victoria Stanley

Senior Land Specialist,
World Bank

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Victoria Stanley

Victoria Stanley

Senior Land Specialist, at World Bank

Victoria Stanley is a Senior Land Administration Specialist at the World Bank.  She has worked in more than 25 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Latin America and across a wide range of land issues including land reform, administration, governance, and policy.  She also has experience in the areas of rural and municipal development, gender analysis and inclusion, information technology, public service delivery, institutional reform, and strategic planning and budgeting.  Ms. Stanley’s current focus of work is on women’s land rights and gender inclusion across urban and land issues.

Prior to joining the World Bank Ms. Stanley worked for several NGOs on research and development issues, and for the US Department of the Interior in administration and budgeting.  Ms. Stanley has a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School for Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.

Emmanuel Nkurunziza

Director General,
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)

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Emmanuel Nkurunziza

Emmanuel Nkurunziza

Director General, at Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)

Emmanuel Nkurunziza is currently the Director General of RCMRD, who served as the Director General of Rwanda Natural Resources Authority and Chief Registrar of Land Titles in Rwanda. Mr. Nkurunziza was also the Director General and Chief Registrar of Land Titles at the National Land Centre from 2009 until 2011 when it transitioned and merged with the National Forestry authority, Geology & Mining Authority as well as Integrated Water Resources Management to form the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority. In his roles, he initiated and facilitated roll out of a nationwide land registration programme. Prior to his experience as the Technical Team Leader of the ‘Rwanda Land use and Development Masterplan Project’. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham in the International Development Department. He was also a Guest Lecturer at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom and Lecturer at Makerere University in Uganda. He has published several articles from his research work on urban land issues.

Kate Rickersey

Managing Director,
Land Equity International

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Kate Rickersey

Kate Rickersey

Managing Director, at Land Equity International

Kate Rickersey has been working with LEI since 2006 and began early research in the international development sector on land administration during her PhD at the University of Melbourne. In 2005, Kate spent a year in Lao PDR as an Australian Youth Ambassador, and since then has worked across more than 10 countries in varying roles on land administration reform projects. Kate grounds her work with her strong technical, thematic and project management experience across land administration, customary tenure, systematic regularisation, social and gender safeguarding, governance and evaluation.

From 2014 to 2018 Kate was the Team Leader of the Mekong Region Land Governance project. In this role, Kate explored with the team impactful ways of ‘thinking and working politically’ in the Mekong and identifying opportunities for policy and practice changes for improving small holder tenure security.

In 2018, Kate was promoted to Managing Director of Land Equity International, and since that time has overseen the ongoing development of the company, its staff working in Wollongong, and consultants and contractors working in various international project bases. In doing so she has steered and nurtured them through the many challenges of the covid pandemic.