The Rural Development Report 2019 (RDR) focuses on rural youth, who make up around half of the total youth population in developing countries if rural is defined by administrative delineations of rural and urban (UNDESA 2014 and 2017).
This number rises to 778 million if we consider all youth except those living in densely populated urban areas.
Three foundations for rural youth development: productivity, connectivity and agency
Youth-inclusive policies and investments for encouraging rural transformation should be based on the three foundations of rural development: productivity, connectivity and agency.
These are the cornerstones of well-being for all individuals and societies.
The fact that young people are transitioning into a life that should incorporate these foundational elements – that they are striving to become productive and connected individuals who are in charge of their own futures – makes these elements an essential consideration when thinking about rural youth development.
The 2019 RDR is available at www.ifad.org/ruraldevelopmentreport.