Topic outline

This course is the second in a series of e-learning courses on Rural Poverty Reduction. It considers the development of approaches to rural development through the 20th and early 21st centuries. It then describes the components of a multisectoral strategy and theory of change for poverty reduction, and the crucial role of stakeholder collaboration. The course then explains in detail the key policy areas that will lead to the goals of productive and inclusive rural transformation.


The courses aims to support an integrated, multisectoral approach to rural poverty reduction, by improving the knowledge and capacities of a range of professionals, including:

  • Policymakers, policy administrators and policy officers 
  • Researchers
  • Development practitioners
  • Members of civil society and rural organizations

  • Rural development approaches since the 1950s including modernization, the Green Revolution, Local Economic Development as well as regional approaches
  • A theory of change for poverty reduction based on a multisectoral approach, and the role of stakeholder collaboration within it
  • The policy areas where interventions are needed in order to achieve empowerment, economic inclusion and resilience building.

The course consists of 5 lessons, ranging from approximately 25 to 45 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – Rural development approaches
  • Lesson 2 – Theory of change for rural poverty reduction
  • Lesson 3 – Resource access and control
  • Lesson 4 – Social infrastructure, social protection and decent rural employment
  • Lesson 5 – Sectoral development, infrastructure and inclusive markets

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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