The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), environmental concerns, and the food security and economic crises now provide an additional sense of urgency to explicitly target rural revitalization, and to muster the needed political and economic will and resources.
The ILO can make important contributions to rural development by supporting governments, employers and workers promote productive employment and decent work. It can draw on a vast array of rural-relevant approaches and tools in core technical areas, long-time experience, and a network of external partnerships.
Policies & Tools
Action-oriented, synthetic leaflets providing guidance to practitioners on how to drive job creation, poverty alleviation, crisis resilience and equitable development through rural growth.
Descriptive leaflets on over 50 ready-to-use tools to stimulate employment and decent work in rural areas.
The toolkit outlines the background to poverty reduction approaches and how the ILO is involved within the context of decent work and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
ILO Governing body, March 2011
Unleashing rural development through productive employment and decent work: Building on 40 years of ILO work in rural areas