Rural Futures

Creating welfare and jobs in rural areas is a development policy priority for the continent. Seventy per cent of Africa’s rural populations derive their livelihoods from agriculture, and the number of young people living in rural areas is continuously growing and will continue to do so over the next decades.


The NEPAD-led Rural Futures Programme seeks to promote the well-being, gainful employment and the increasing of household incomes of rural populations through rural transformation. The programme builds on the successes and lessons from AU initiatives such as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). It aims to mainstream transformation objectives...

Results:

The Rural Futures Programme conducted a skills audit for rural development transformation and the attainment of national development strategies, and produced analytical reports for Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.


The Programme facilitated dialogue on policy and institutional innovations and reforms for rural transformation: The inaugural Africa Rural Development Forum (ARDF) was organised by the NEPAD Agency and hosted by the Republic of Benin in May 2013 under the theme, “Sustainable Rural Transformation Agenda for Africa”. As a platform for policy dialogue and strategic thinking, the ARDF mobilised high-level leadership and African ownership for a pro-poor and integrated approach to rural development in Africa. The inaugural forum saw the adoption of the Cotonou Declaration on Rural Futures, which will serve as a guiding framework in designing and implementing a development strategy for transformation and growth in Africa’s rural areas. 

 

Rural Futures supported evidence-based policymaking by launching an atlas on rural development, titled “A new Emerging Rural World”, was published, providing an overview and mapping statistics on rural transformation in Africa. Covering issues such as demographics, economic dynamics, urbanisation and natural resources across different regions, the atlas serves as a reference tool to inform policy debates on territorial development and structural transformation in Africa, as well as national development processes. It will be regularly updated to monitor progress on the rural transformation agenda on the continent.

 

The NEPAD Rural Futures Programme overarching purpose is to facilitate new thinking and broad agreement on Africa’s development
pathway/s based on statistics on critical indicators of structural transformation. This atlas presents the main characteristics of rural
Africa by...

Action Plans

  • The 2ndAfrica Rural Development Forum (ARDF), organised from 8-10 September 2016 under the theme Transforming Africa’s Rural Area through Skills Development, Job Creation and Youth Economic Empowerment for Africa by the NEPAD Agency
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Policy Briefs

In our approach to tackle youth employment, especially to support to the implementation of a comprehensive continental Rural Futures Programme and provide evidence-based recommendations to national governments to enhance job creation and harness skills development opportunities in Africa...

Speeches

 

The 2nd Africa Rural Development Forum will be held under the theme “Transforming Africa’s Rural Space through Youth Empowerment, Job Creation and Skills Development.” The Conference will provide a platform for exchange and peer learning on experiences and insights in catalyzing...

The 2nd Africa Rural Development Forum will be held under the theme “Transforming Africa’s Rural Space through Youth Empowerment, Job Creation and Skills Development.” The Conference will provide a platform for exchange and peer learning on experiences and insights in...

20 September 2016
The African continent is vast with an unequally distributed population. It has experienced high population growth over the last 50 years, which has corrected its former demographic deficit. If...
09 September 2016
The 2nd Africa Rural Development Forum started on a high note in Yaounde, Cameroon, with experts agreeing that there is a need to come up with an implementable strategy to transform rural areas into...
Contact:

Estherine Fotabong

estherinef@nepad.org

 

 

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