That is why we emphasise the strong participation by women in the Green innovation centres and in our land rights programme right from the start. Together with the AU, we are offering agricultural vocational training for young women tailored to demand.

Ahead of and during the “Rural Future” conference, young professionals from various countries were invited to contribute their wishes and experiences to the process. What have you learnt from the young generation? And how are their aspirations going to be considered in the further process?
The youth participants demonstrated an extraordinary determination to take their future into their own hands and to change the current framework conditions. We want to promote these dynamics and therefore support communication beyond the conference through a digital platform. For we need to place our hopes on these forces in development co-operation right now. We need a smart policy for those who are creating jobs so that the more than 400 million seeking employment are offered an attractive prospect for the future. We as the BMZ intend to help ensure at international level that their voices continue to be heard. For example, the views of the young people have been included in the “Berlin Charter”, which was developed by independent experts and conceived as a “manual” for rural development.

Creating opportunities with the young generation in rural regions: the Berlin Charter

The “Berlin Charter” was adopted in the context of the international G20 conference “ONE WORLD, no hunger. Future of the rural world”. This document is perceived as a guideline to the creation of viable rural regions world-wide and attaches importance to creating opportunities together with the young generation. It centres on a call for action addressing the governments of the G20 States, the national decision-makers at country level, the private sector and civil society as well as development co-operation actors and, last but not least, rural youth.