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Discussion: Skills for Rural Employment

Ashwani Aggarwal
James Windell
Alfredo Lazarte Hoyle
Now extended to 22 June 2016. This discussion will be co-moderated by ILO Senior Specialists Ashwani Aggarwal, James Windell and Alfredo Lazarte Hoyle. This discussion feature works best when accessed from the following browsers: Chrome or Firefox.

Rural areas contribute significantly to employment and economic growth in many countries. Of the developing world’s 5.98 billion people, close to 3.4 billion live in rural areas, and a significant number depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Yet poverty is more extensive and severe in rural than urban areas.

Flourishing rural areas are vital to regional and national development. Education, entrepreneurship, and physical and social infrastructure all play an important role in developing rural regions. Skills are central to improving employability and livelihood opportunities, reducing poverty, enhancing productivity and promoting environmentally sustainable development.

Over the next two weeks, the Global KSP is launching discussions on two fronts: 1) the current skills challenges facing people living in rural areas, and; 2) and, what works in promoting and sustaining skills development in rural areas. We encourage you to read the Guidance Note below for background and information on the discussion topic.

For the final week of our discussion, we’d like to hear your thoughts on the following questions:
Which measures have been introduced to boost employment in rural areas in both agricultural and non-agricultural sectors, and which types of skills are foreseen to be in high demand as part of an integrated rural strategy?

What works best in delivering skills development to a significant number of people who live in rural areas in a cost efficient way? And what is the best way to sustain the delivery of skill development in rural areas over the long term?

What are the examples of skills initiatives and programmes that have improved gender equality and social inclusion in rural areas?

What are the examples of skills initiatives and programmes that have improved the outcome of training, i.e. earnings and decent work in rural areas?

How do we ensure private sector participation in skills development in rural areas?

How can modern information and communication technology (mobile phones, internet, interactive CDs and DVDs) be effectively harnessed to deliver skills to people in rural areas?

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Please click here to read the full Guidance Note of this E-Discussion: English [pdf 246KB] French [pdf 246KB] Spanish [pdf 246KB]
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Global

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Issues

Rural employment

Subject Tags

rural development
rural employment
rural workers

Publication Date

05/2016
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