Rural-Urban Partnerships

An Integrated Approach to Economic Development

image of Rural-Urban Partnerships

Urban and rural areas enjoy different and often complementary assets, and better integration between them is important for socio-economic performance. This report provides a framework to understand the changing relationships between urban and rural areas. It is focused on one approach that can enhance and better manage rural-urban relationships – the use of rural-urban partnerships. Specifically, it documents the characteristics of these partnerships and the factors that can hinder as well as enable rural-urban co-operation. Different governance approaches to manage rural-urban relationships are identified and discussed. Finally, recommendations are provided to help national, regional and local policy makers to build effective and sustainable rural-urban partnerships for better economic development.



Creating a governance framework for rural-urban partnerships

National urban and rural policies rarely contemplate any interaction between urban and rural territories. Governments are now tasked with increasing efforts to identify new governance forms suitable to these varied geographical contexts and the new institutional challenges that emerge. Rural-urban partnerships have emerged as a key co-ordinating mechanism for functional rural-urban areas. This chapter examines their impact on policy co-ordination and policy coherence and sets out a rural-urban governance framework.


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error