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.