Rural-Urban Partnerships

An Integrated Approach to Economic Development

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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.



Understanding the dynamics of rural-urban partnerships

This chapter examines the characteristics of rural-urban partnerships and factors that can help or hinder them. Adopting an integrated approach to policy making means that the partnership has the capacity to make proposals or decisions on an issue with the participation of the relevant stakeholders. Partnership should have a cross-sectoral dimension so that it can bridge traditional sectoral divides or break down the traditional “silo” working ethic. It should incorporate a dimension of inclusiveness, offering a forum where members of the interested and affected urban and rural constituencies can be heard, directly or indirectly.


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