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AGA 2018

Empowering the young for a sustainable rural space

More than a hundred participants from around the world gathered in Berlin on June 13-14 for the Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development to discuss the strategic perspectives on the role of donors and international development agencies in empowering young people in rural areas.

The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development organised its AGA 2018 with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The title of the event hints on hot policy areas for donors these days - "Young and ready to move - empowering the new generation in the rural space".

The background to the thematic discussions was the Rural Youth Employment Initiative, to which governments and heads of states voted on at the G20 summit in 2017. This historic vote signalled a clear political commitment of the international community to improve the efforts to empower youth in rural areas.

First impressions of the AGA 2018, Berlin

First impressions of AGA 2018, Berlin

AGA 2018 "Young and ready to move – empowering the new generation in the rural space" through the eyes of the participants - key messages and calls to action

DAY I: Bringing young voices in the discussion

From the first day on, the AGA 2018 had an innovative format: it brought young women and men from rural areas and the donor and development community to dialogue about ways to youth empowerment and making ARD programmes and private sector engagement more youth-responsive. What matters the most for the youth empowerment in the rural space? The discussion about these key priorities brought the young generation of agriculturalists on stage to share their views.

Nono Sekhoto [ID: 430]

OPINION | Nono Sekhoto, "GrowthShoot", South Africa.

“Youth are not all the same, and so it is essential to understand which region you are operating in, which level of education the youth have so that you can put together solutions.”

OPINION | Lanz Espacio ASEAN / PAKISAMA, Philippines

“Policies we are talking about here, are going to affect young farmers, and it is important that we involve them in policy design and implementation, all throughout the process.”

Later on, the panel Joint [ID: 420]

Later on, the panel Joint Donor and Youth Think-Tank brought this discussion onto a new arrangement. Donors joined young people on the stage. The primary goal: finding ways to better align programmes and policies supported by the international community with the priorities of the young rural generation. You can find a video summary of the panel in the subsequent section below.

Meredith McCormack [ID: 418]

OPINION | Meredith McCormack, USAID

“We need to be listening actively and engaging with youth and not just inviting them to the table but have them being active participants in our project design, in our implementation, in our monitoring and evaluation.”

OPINION | James Kyewalabye, "Real Agricultural Solutions for Africa", Uganda

"Donors should strive to engage young people [...] to ensure that projects support young people, but also involve young people's ideas and innovations."

Many members and partners [ID: 423]

 

Many members and partners of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development are already walking the talk. One of the highlights of the first day of AGA 2018 was the presentation of the Compendium “Donor engagement with youth”, commissioned by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development in preparation for the AGA 2018. The study can be found in the Downloads section below. In the afternoon, participants split into four working groups. The results of these discussions were then again summarised in the plenary. For further information about the working groups, please scroll down to the Downloads section. 

 Mahedere Adimasu, manager of the Maheder food processing PLC, and Hernan Manson, from the International Trade Centre (ITC), offered at the end key takeaway messages: 

  • Many challenges that young people in rural areas face are interlinked. Responding to these challenges requires systems thinking.
  • Donors need to generate an environment for private sector integration.
  • Social media can be effectively used to communicate valuable information to the young people.
  • Farmers need be to empowered in the changing world. Donors can support this by providing basic and technical education, enhance farmers’ capacities to learn, innovate and adapt.

DAY 2: Connecting the dots: employment, youth empowerment and development effectiveness in the rural space

The tone of the thematic discussions of the second day was set by the keynote speech about “Strategic Framing of Youth Empowerment – What is needed in the future?”

 

Ibrahim Ceesay [ID: 421]

OPINION | Ibrahim Ceesay, CAADP Youth Network, keynote speaker

“Empowering youths in the agricultural sector extends beyond the creation of tailor-made opportunities and incentives for young people to engage in agriculture. The direct impact and economic benefits it will bring to young people and above all, addressing the youth unemployment titanic is perhaps the most important dimension. ”

The links between the future of agriculture [ID: 419]

The links between the future of agriculture, the transformation of rural areas and the commitment of the donor and development community to enable young people to live a decent and meaningful life were the focus of the two-panel discussions during the high-level forum. First, the focus was on the young farmers and the decent rural employment.

 

Martin Fregene [ID: 426]

OPINION | Martin Fregene, AfDB

“Agribusiness is the best answer to the youth unemployment challenge in Africa. New technologies and skills are critical to attracting youth to the agriculture sector.”

OPINION | Fadel Ndiame, AGRA

“This isn’t their grandparents’ or parents’ agriculture. It must be profitable and not subsistence. There are also numerous innovations in technology and ICT that make agriculture a more interesting opportunity for young people.”

The final panel [ID: 424]

The final panel discussion focused on increasing development effectiveness of donor/IFI programmes and strategies to better support rural youth. You can find a short video summary of the final panel in the subsequent section below.

Cornelia Richter [ID: 427]

OPINION | Cornelia Richter, IFAD

“Rural transformation creates opportunities and helps make rural villages and towns more attractive for young people.”

OPINION | Lindsay Wallace, MasterCard Foundation

“Rural youth are driving change; we can help by listening, leveraging technology and engaging holistically.”

The agenda of the second day [ID: 428]

The agenda of the second day also included the Members’ Session, which as tradition has it, provides space for the platform’s members to learn through exchange with each other, to reflect on and strengthen the Donor Platform as a community, build partnerships and devise concrete actions to reach the goals of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development. All relevant documents, including presentations and the video-summaries of some discussion panels, can be found in the subsequent sections below.

videos [ID: 432]

videos

Day 1: Joint Donor and Youth Think-Tank – Interactive Dialogue on Responses to Youth Aspirations

Joint Donor and Youth Think-Tank – Interactive Dialogue on Responses to Youth Aspirations

Enhanced programmatic reactions of the international community to priorities of the young rural generation

DAY 2: Keynote to the Forum – Strategic Framing of Youth Empowerment

DAY 2: Keynote to the Forum – Strategic Framing of Youth Empowerment

Ibrahim Ceesay, Chair of the CAADP Youth Network presents key future needs for "the world where every young person has the capacity, capability, and ability to unleash their potentials to earn a livelihood for self-growth and self-development."

Day 2: Panel Discussion: Young Farmers and Decent Rural Employment – New Strategies by the International Community

Day 2: Panel Discussion: Young Farmers and Decent Rural Employment – New Strategies by the International Community

Insights into the main strategies and trends of the Platform members in view of scaling up economic empowerment of rural youth .

Day 2: Panel Discussion: Enhanced Development Effectiveness for Youth Inclusion

Day 2: Panel Discussion: Enhanced Development Effectiveness for Youth Inclusion

Panelists debate how to increase development effectiveness of donor / IFI programmes and strategies to better support rural youth.

Photos

AGA 2018: photo highlights of the day 1

AGA 2018: Day 1

AGA 2018: photo highlights of the day 2

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Downloads AGA [ID: 332]

Downloads

Links

Contacts AGA [ID: 329]

Contact | Secretariat

Dr. Reinhild Ernst

Coordinator

Contact | Secretariat

Svetlana Silova

Office Manager