General Assembly of the Donor Platform for Rural Development

  • 14th June 2018
  • by secretary

The general objective of Annual General Assemblies (AGA) was to provide an open space for debate and possible consensus building by Platform members, partners and invited guests on emerging topics in agriculture and rural development (ARD).

The theme of this year was: Young and ready to move – empowering the new generation in the rural space. The AGA 2018 brought together the donor/IFI community and young women and men for a dialogue: 

  • Provide an effective exchange of information and knowledge between the young rural generation and the AGA participants on how to make ARD programmes more youth-responsive; 
  • Present donor / IFI engagement in rural youth empowerment and provide insights of private sector engagement; and receive feedback from the young generation and what are the priorities in moving forward 
Young Generation of Agriculturalists – Key Priorities from Different Perspectives
  • Ms. Nono Sekhoto (GrowthShoot), Managing Director 
  • Mr. Lanz Espacio (ASEAN/PAKISAMA), Program Manager, Legal, Policy and Advocacy Development 
  • Ms. June Syowia (Farmaction), Co-Founder
Joint Donor and Youth ThinkTank – Interactive Dialogue on Responses to Youth Aspirations 

  • Mr. James Kyewalabye (RASA), Founder and Executive Director 
  • Ms. Fatuma Namutosi (Byeffe Foods Company Limited), Director 
  • Mr. Peter Ngoma (Lakeshore Agro-Processors Enterprise), Executive Chairman 
  • Donor representatives: Ms. Meredith McCormack (USAID), Program Analyst, Global Engagement and Strategies Office, Bureau for Food Security 
  • Ms. Pernille Borgbo (DANIDA), Global Youth Adviser, Head of section UPF-Development Policy and Financing 
  • Ms. Mei Y. Kok (ADB Youth for Asia), Youth for Global Goals Coordinator and Partnership Manager
Young Farmers and Decent Rural Employment – New Strategies by the International Community

  • Moderator: Mr. Leonard Mizzi (EU), Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition 
  • Mr. Stefan Schmitz (BMZ), Deputy Director-General 
  • Mr. Martin Fregene (AfDB), Director of Agriculture and Agroindustry 
  • Mr. Alexandre Kolev (OECD Development Centre), Head, Social Cohesion Unit 
  • Mr. Anders Aeroe (ITC), Director, Division of Enterprises and Institutions
Enhanced Development Effectiveness for Youth Inclusion

  • Moderation:  Mr. William Cobbett (Cities Alliance), Director 
  • Ms. Cornelia Richter (IFAD), Vice President 
  • Ms. Farah Karimi (Oxfam Novib / Netherlands), Executive Director 
  • Ms. Lindsay Wallace (MasterCard Foundation), Director, Learning and Strategy 
  • Mr. Fadel Ndiame (AGRA), Regional Head for West Africa 
  • Ms. Nichola J. Dyer (World Bank), Program Manager, Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP)  

Working group 1: Cash and Ground: Unlocking Finance and Land for the Youth

  • Moderation: Ms. Lindsay Wallace (MasterCard Foundation), Director, Learning and Strategy 
  • Mr. Harold Liversage (IFAD), Lead Technical Specialist Land Tenure 
  • Mr. Norbert Tuyishime (EAFF), Program officer Agribusiness and Trade 
Stefan Schmitz | Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation. The above video is an edited version of the interview, for the GIZ sector project “Rural development” during Global Landscapes Forum December 2017.