About Rural Youth Employment [ID: 179]

About Rural Youth Employment

The G20 Summit in 2017 saw the launch of a Rural Youth Employment Initiative, through which governments and heads of states expressed a clear political commitment of the international community to support the empowerment of youth in rural areas. Picking up on this, The Global Donor Platform’s Annual General Assembly 2018, held under the title "Young and ready to move empowering the new generation in the rural space", broke the norm and created a forum for open strategic discussion between donors, international development agencies and youth representatives from different parts of the world. 

Participants had a consensus that addressing the challenges faced by rural youth in agricultural production, trade and value chains effectively requires bringing young rural women and men aboard the decision making process, and empowering them to bring their ideas and experiences to enhance their role in policy decision making their ideas and experiences. The Global Donor Platform’s Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Rural Youth is a donor-catalysed working group with significant youth participation to advise donors, governments and civil society organisations on the most effective ways to support and empower youth, allowing them to productively contribute to and benefit from sustainable rural livelihoods and food value chain systems.

Objectives and activities

The objective of the TWG is to promote meaningful youth engagement at all stages of donor initiatives on agriculture and rural development through:

  • Sharing evidence-based approaches and promoting learning and collaboration;
  • Promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships with different partners;
  • Supporting resource mobilization;  
  • Creating effective and innovative communication tools and channels for knowledge sharing and dissemination of information on opportunities for rural youth.

The TWG therefore holds regular conference calls, organises webinars, as well as physical meetings and side events. It also looks at technical formats to engage with youth in open discussions.


The group has currently members from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (IADC), African Development Bank Group ( AFDB), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), SPIRE ,Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) , the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Asia Development Bank (ADB), MEAE – France and youth representatives.