Rural Well-being: Geography of Opportunities presents the latest iteration on this
policy framework, reflecting several important changes in rural development in recent
years. Fully taking into account the variety of situations characterising rural regions,
the new policy framework leverages improved data and analysis while broadening the
scope from economic focus to encompass the environmental and social dimensions of
well-being. The new approach places the well-being of citizens at the forefront of
its objective and recognises the diversity of rural places brought by a deeper understanding
of their diverse and complex socio-economic systems and their connection to cities.
The framework also looks to the future and unfolding megatrends such as globalisation,
digitalisation, climate change and demographic change. It reflects on how these will
impact rural economies and reviews policy options to mitigate the challenges and capitalise
on opportunities as well as to develop resilience against emerging crises. Finally,
recognising the strong interdependencies between different stakeholders and the need
for partnerships between government, the private sector and civil society to successfully
implement policies, the Rural Well-being Policy Framework focuses on governance mechanisms,
including the OECD Principles on Rural Policy.