High growth across Asia and the Pacific over the past few decades has helped communities cope with shocks such as the COVID-19 crisis. The challenge for the region’s policy makers is to manage downside risks and safeguard hard-won reductions in poverty. Moving forward, new ways to advance prosperity may be needed, particularly in rural areas where opportunity gaps remain wide.
Approaches could include removing structural obstacles to inclusive rural development and enabling greater sustainable growth, for example, through food system strategies that draw on local comparative advantage, sectoral interdependencies, and livelihood diversification that enhances the wellbeing of rural households
ADBI is seeking original, unpublished papers on rural economic transformation and its role in increasing inclusive and sustainable prosperity in post-COVID-19 Asia. Selected papers will be featured during a related conference to be held on 15-17 November 2021, either in Tokyo or virtually, and considered for publication in a special issue of the journal Economic Analysis and Policy.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- State versus market failure and accounting for uncertainties
- Nature-based solutions that interact with rural-urban interface
- Rural rent creation – rural income prospects in climate adaptation
- Narrowing urban-rural bias – equality in access and opportunity
- Rural non-farm employment – broadening income diversity
- Attracting the service sector to rural areas – scope for livelihood diversity
- Gender and youth – transforming attitudes and boosting aspirations
- Information and communications technology pull – erasing borders through digital tools for communication and finance
- Social Infrastructure – health and education; building skills and improving the quality of labor
- Agency and leadership issues – engaging the disengaged
Authors of selected papers will be notified by 15 September 2021.