Rural Development Academy: The future of work in rural economies

Rural Development Academy: The future of work in rural economies

Rural Development Academy: The future of work in rural economies

9–20 December 2019
The course is available in English, Français, Español

The rural economy, along with the rest of the world of work, is experiencing a transformation that is driven by globalization, technological innovation, and demographic shifts. More than two-fifths of the world’s workers are rural, and many rely on small-scale agricultural activities for a living. In this course, participants learn how to increase the number and quality of decent, sustainable jobs in the rural economy.

Promote sustainable, inclusive economic growth. Join this course today.

Key features

Learn from UN specialists, ITCILO trainers, and senior practitioners


Participants from different countries, backgrounds, and careers learn and work together on a United Nations campus


This Academy is based on tested rural economy tools and best practices


Listen, discuss, and work together in roleplay exercises and debates

Introduction to the academy

The Academy on Rural Development offers a wide range of integrated approaches, tools and training packages to promote full and productive employment and decent work in the rural economy.

Who attends this academy?

The Academy is especially designed for the ILO's tripartite constituents (government officials, representatives of employers' and workers' organizations) and ILO staff (field offices, projects and headquarters) whose work relates to rural economies. The Academy may also be of interest to policy-makers, practitioners and other professionals representing development partner agencies and international organizations, private and social enterprises, universities and civil society organizations.

What topics does this academy cover?

This two-week academy focuses on the promotion of full, productive employment in the rural economy.

  • Decent work and the 2030 Agenda
  • Young people in the future of the rural economy
  • The impact of the gender gap on agricultural productivity
What will I learn?

Participants learn about a range of rural development approaches from subject-matter experts.

  • All about the root causes of rural poverty, from informal working situations to the absence of
  • education and healthcare
  • How to promote economic diversification and trigger productive transformation
  • The importance of access to services and protection, as well as employment-intensive
  • investment
What will I be able to do?

The academy aims to set the foundation for strategic initiatives and development policies that promote
decent work in the rural economy.

  • Adapt well-tried tools and practical methods for specific national and regional contexts
  • Share experiences and information with fellow participants
  • Leverage tripartite relationships to promote rural development
Why should I join?

The Turin Centre is known for its unconventional and highly effective learning methodologies.

  • Sessions include plenary discussions and elective courses facilitated by experts fro multifarious international organizations.
  • The academy facilitates mutual learning, knowledge-sharing, and south-south and triangular cooperation on the latest thinking in rural development.
  • Interactive learning techniques, such as role play exercises, debates, and study visits, help the topics come to life.

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