About the Conference

9-12 April 2018  Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom)

A number of global shifts are likely to characterise the 21st century and shape how rural areas can succeed in a more complex, dynamic and challenging environment. In the 21st century successful rural areas will be outward-looking and engaged in regional, national and international markets.

The 11th OECD Rural Development Conference brought together leading policy makers, private sector and renowned experts to exchange experiences and good practices on issues related to innovation in rural areas, including the development of policies to benefit from the 10 key drivers of rural change, and making the most of opportunities for job creation, economic growth, and service delivery.

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Edinburgh, 9-12 April 2018 © Alan Robertson

Key drivers of rural change

Policy Statement

At the closing session of the Conference, the Edinburgh Policy Statement on Enhancing Rural Innovation was adopted. 

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Press release

Rural Policy 3.0

This Policy Note presents the OECD’s Rural Policy 3.0 — a framework to help national governments support rural economic development.

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Partners

Organised by the OECD, the Conference is hosted by the Scottish Government, European Commission and the UK Government in close co-operation with Highlands and Islands Enterprise & Scottish Enterprise and the European Network for Rural Development.

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OECD work on rural development www.oecd.org/regional/regional-policy/ruraldevelopment.htm