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For most of the world's poor and vulnerable people, secure property rights, including land tenure, are a rarely accessible luxury. Unless this changes, the Sustainable Development Goals will be impossible to achieve.Land tenure determines who can use land, for how long, and under what conditions. Reflecting the importance of secure land ownership to the SDGs' success, the World Bank Group is now working with developing countries to improve their land-tenure systems and expand the coverage of legally recognized and registered rights.In the 2017-19 period, the World Bank's portfolio of investment lending for land administration and security of tenure is projected to grow by 39 percent.Realizing key SDG targets – which are fully aligned with the World Bank Group's own twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity – will require a much larger investment program focused on strengthening land tenure across the developing world.Secure land tenure is thus vital to building the inclusive, resilient, and sustainable communities that will propel economic and social progress well into the future.
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