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Research Series Issue 45: Rural youth inclusion, empowerment and participation
December 2019

This exploratory study focuses on participation in decision-making processes and how rural youth could benefit from its findings in development projects and initiatives.

General literature and relevant international experiences related to participation mechanisms aimed at youth show that participation boosts interventions linked to improvements of young people’s livelihoods and developmental opportunities. Participation also makes interventions more responsive to the actual needs of young people. 

Conclusively, the mechanisms for participation by rural youth could produce results in collecting youth preferences around a particular topic in the long run.


Carolina Trivelli, Jorge Morel




Trivelli, C., and Morel, J. 2019. “Rural youth inclusion, empowerment and participation.” IFAD Research Series 45. Rome: IFAD