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Agenda 2030 and rural transformation

2015 transformed the policy landscape within, which donor agencies work. Against the background of the three major agreements of the international community, namely SDGs/Agenda 2030, Finance for Development and UNFCCC COP21 outcomes on climate change, the donor community has been struggling to adapt to a new role in development.

A further challenge to the development assistance flows from the donor community was posed by the highly in - creased migration of refugees to Europe in 2015. While recognising the positive role ARD plays in combating the reasons for migration, many European countries opted to re-locate ODA assigned budget to migrants support, integration and administration. Donor agencies agree that in the framework of Agenda 2030 even more funds should be transferred to migration countries. The members of the Platform, as well as the international community as a whole, agreed that a higher level of donor coordination and exchange will be required to sustainably address the complicated sustainable development agenda and the challenges to agriculture and rural development in order to achieve measurable positive development on migration and economic development.

It is certain that agriculture and rural development (ARD) constitute highly complex systems and need long-term support. Calling for more sustainability in development by the SDGs challenges the cooperation between new actors such as the trade community or the climate change community, each introducing new approaches, new understanding and a requiring of a profound debate between all partners to achieve joint action towards rural transformation. The Platform’s Strategic Initiative Agenda 2030 addressed these new dimensions of development cooperation. The Platform analysis of SDG 2 on food security and SDG 8 on economic growth and the following debate exemplified the need to define new pathways towards rural transformation considering job creation, trade with value chain development and inclusive agribusiness and new opportunities deriving from rapid urbanisation. However, not every development issue can be a policy priority and the ARD community needs to understand which low hanging fruits are ready to be picked to build a more comprehensive approach to sustainable development of the rural space.

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COORDINATION & ADVOCACY

Latest Agenda 2030 [ID: 156]

ODA - how important is it?

Paris| France| 5 Apr 2017 | SDGs are a collective mandate for all countries and institutions and the private sector is picking up on them as a business model.

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Brussels Briefing - Urban Linkages in Africa

Brussels| Belgium| 22 Mar 2017 | International community needs to focus on young people from rural areas and encourage their participation in political discussions about rural transformation.

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ICTs importance for implementing the SDGs

Bonn| Germany| 15 Mar 2017 | Established and non-traditional donors are focusing efforts on the use of information and communications technology to support the implementation of the SDGs and transfer the advantages of the technological revolution to the most vulnerable.

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Events Agenda 2030 [ID: 157]
2017
9. July
Global | Sunday, 9. July 2017 | Bangkok, Thailand

Rural Development Conference 2017

This highly exciting and challenging international Conference at the AETAS Lumpini Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand is intended to be a forum, discussion and networking place for academics, researchers, professionals, administrators, educational leaders, policy makers, industry representatives, advanced students, and others. Attendance of delegates from more than 40 countries is expected.

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2017
4. September
Global | Monday, 4. September 2017 | Abidjan, Cote d`Ivoire

African Green Revolution Forum 2017

At the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), participants came together to advance the policies and secure the investments that will ensure a better life for millions of Africa’s farmers and families—and realize the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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2017
10. September
Global | Sunday, 10. September 2017 | Townsville, Australia

8th GFRAS Annual Meeting

This year's annual meeting will focus on the topic of "Rural advisory services and empowered youth for balanced transformation in rural and urban communities". Side events will take place the two days before the actual meeting.

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Interviews Agenda 2030 [ID: 228]

INTERVIEW | Steve Wiggins, ODI

“The growth of labour productivity in agriculture has been stronger around the world in the last 20 years, than it has been in manufacturing.”

INTERVIEW | Karim Hussein, IFAD

“We talk about rural transformation because we want to help foster a more inclusive change process in rural areas.”

Publications Headline [ID: 229]
Publications Agenda 2030 [ID: 230]

RURAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2016: FOSTERING INCLUSIVE RURAL TRANSFORMATION

With the growing world population and therefore food demand, the wide spread urbanisation, the growing severity of irregular weather events and the spread of technology all over the world, pose new challenges and open new opportunities for rural areas and rural populations.

EXPLORING TERRITORIAL INEQUALITIES AND THEIR IMPORTANCE FOR RURAL AREAS

We look back at the outcomes and key findings of the conference, drawing from them and informing the ongoing discussion within the Platform about the transformational processes in rural areas and rural-urban inequalities.

TERRITORIAL APPROACHES: RURAL-URBAN LINKAGES AND INCLUSIVE RURAL TRANSFORMATION

IFAD’s publication sees territorial approaches as an entry point for governments and donor agencies to address the full range of factors affecting development processes, such as rural-urban linkages, geographical, social, economic, and environmental concerns.

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Studies and Notes

  • Background paper on rural transformation (PDF, 751.7 KiB) The background paper offers an overview of the challenges and opportunities arising from the process of rural transformation. The paper looks into the possible political entry points for donors and the importance of the process for the implementation of Agenda 2030.

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Contacts Agenda 2030 [ID: 232]

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Dr. Christian Mersmann

Senior Policy Advisor

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Mauro Ghirotti

Italian Development Agency for International Cooperation

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Annelene Bremer

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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Martina Karaparusheva

Junior Policy Advisor

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