Rural Transformation

Dates: October 22-26, 2018
A new perspective on rural development

Since the debate about Rural Transformation emerged around 2010, publications on the topic are mushrooming in academia. Moreover, there is hardly any international development agency which has not yet payed attention to that topic. World Bank, FAO, IFPRI, IFAD, African Development Bank and some national agencies like DFID and the German BMZ have launched studies on Rural Transformation (RT) and drafted concept papers.

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.

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.


Find here the course programme.



Dr. Theo Rauch, Assoc. Prof. at the Centre for Development Studies of FU Berlin, has been engaged in development studies and in practical development cooperation for four decades. His focus is on rural and economic development. During recent years, he has been part of a SLE research team on Rural Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa.


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