A New Rural Development Paradigm for the 21st Century [electronic resource]: A Toolkit for Developing Countries / Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [Browse]
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2016.
1 online resource (280 pages) : illustrations.


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Three billion people live in rural areas in developing countries. Conditions for them are worse than for their urban counterparts when measured by almost any development indicator, from extreme poverty, to child mortality and access to electricity and sanitation. And the gulf is widening, contributing to large-scale migration to urban areas. This situation exists despite half a century of rural development theories and approaches, and despite the global momentum built around the Millennium Development Goals between 2000 and 2015. Without greater progress on rural development, it is unlikely that the new Sustainable Development Goals will be met. This book calls for a new paradigm for rural development that is equipped to meet the challenges and harness the opportunities of the 21st century – including climate change, demographic shifts, international competition and fast-moving technological change.
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Includes bibliographical references.
  • The rural development experience of the Republic of Korea
  • Lessons from rural development in OECD countries
  • Experiences on rural development from Southeast Asia and China
  • The rural world today
  • Why is a new rural development paradigm needed?
  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Overview: A New Rural Development Paradigm
  • Executive summary
  • Foreword and Acknowledgements
  • Policy tools for the New Rural Development Paradigm
  • A new rural development paradigm for developing countries in the 21st century
  • Rural development lessons from the past and opportunities for the future
  • Experiences on rural development from Sub-Saharan Africa: Côte d'Ivoire and Tanzania.
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