The International Rural Network seeks to provide opportunities for rural communities worldwide to learn from each other, and to foster improved communications between practitioners, communities, rural organisations, policy makers and academics around issues of sustainable rural community development.
We are especially interested in better supporting community led development and the ‘joining up’ of issues of rural development, community development, education, health, nutrition and environment through our netw orking and other events and activities. We are also engaged in stimulating international comparative research on economic and social issues relating to ‘place-based’ development and related policies.
Throughout all of our activities, we stress the empowerment of rural communities and the need for co-operation between communities and the various levels of government in different countries.
The aim of the network is as a means of sharing knowledge, research and experience, building capacities, and establishing mutual assistance. It aims to connect international organisations that support rural communities and represent rural interests.