Montag, 22. Oktober 2018 Uhr (Ganztägig) bis Freitag, 26. Oktober 2018 Uhr (Ganztägig)

Rural transformation implies a new perspective on rural development. While rural development was looked at from a people and livelihoods centred or from a technical perspective during the past decades, the transformation debate takes a primarily macro-economic perspective. It takes into account that the progress and the path of rural development depends to a considerable degree on the development in other sectors of the economy and the global economic environment. This macro-economic perspective gained prominence in a historical period characterised by rapidly increasing global demand for agricultural/ rural products and resources going along with increasing scarcity of global agricultural / rural natural resources. Where increasing demand meet decreasing resources, the situation calls for fundamental changes. In most rural regions in the Global South, the question arises, whether that fundamental change will happen with or without the two billion people, who are presently using the rural resources and depending on them as small-scale farmers or pastoralists. To understand the nature of rural transformation is a necessity for all those concerned with analysis and promotion of rural development.

Trainer: Dr. Theo Rauch, Assoc. Prof. at the Centre for Development Studies of FU Berlin

Course objectives

The course participants are enabled to analyse Structural and Rural Transformation (ST/RT) processes systematically, to assess them with due consideration of development policy objectives and to contribute to policies and strategies for effective promotion and shaping of ST/RT processes in a socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable manner.

Participants are familiar with definitions and indicators of Structural and Rural Transformation (ST, RT) and with different historical patterns of ST/RT.

Participants are enabled to analyse ST/RT processes on basis of suitable indicators.

Participants are knowledgeable about on-going empirical transformation dynamics in countries of the Global South and related obstacles and problems.

Participants are enabled to identify drivers and blockers of ST/RT through a systematic multi-dimensional analysis.

Participants are able to design strategies for promoting and shaping ST/RT in an ecologically sustainable and socially inclusive manner.

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Courses take place at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Course hours are 9.00 am until 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday unless otherwise noted.

Course participants usually have different cultural backgrounds and professions which add to an intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange of experiences within an enabling learning environment. After having participated actively in the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

We ask the following qualifications from candidates:

Very good command of English

Professional experience in the field of international cooperation

If you have further questions or want to be kept informed: Please write a brief e-mail to Phone contact SLE TRAINING: +49 (30) 2093 46881