About the 11th OECD Rural Development Conference

Inequalities remain a concern for many countries around the world. In some countries, rural communities are being left behind and most of them continue to face structural challenges. Notwithstanding this fact, rural areas have a wide range of assets and resources and a strong potential for sustainable growth.

Enhancing innovation is key to mobilise growth potential and promote well-being for rural dwellers.

The Conference brought together leading policy makers, private sector and renowned experts to exchange experiences and good practices on issues related to innovation in rural areas, including the development of policies to benefit from the 10 key drivers of rural change, and making the most of opportunities for job creation, economic growth, and service delivery.

The discussions identified relevant policies, initiatives and programmes that can support rural areas to benefit from technological change to boost rural economies and improve wellbeing for the rural dwellings.

Ultimately, this conference contributed to shaping a rural policy that is able to adapt to the changing conditions of the 21st century.

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10 key drivers of rural change

  • Additive and distributive manufacturing
  • Drones 
  • Driverless cars
  • Cloud computing and Internet of Things 
  • Deconcentrated energy systems
  • The future of food
  • The future of education
  • The future of health 
  • Digital connectivity 
  • Shifting values and preferences

About the OECD Rural Development Conference Series

The OECD Rural Conference Series began in 2002 in Siena, Italy. The series provide a forum for key policy officials to engage in dialogue whilst strengthening existing networks and fostering knowledge-sharing on rural policy across the OECD. This regular dialogue, comprising stakeholders of all levels, have helped shape OECD work on rural development leading to the definition and measurement of the performance of rural regions, the evaluation of rural policies amongst OECD member countries and the undertaking of a number of thematic studies on rural development.

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OECD work on rural development