Rural Advisory Services and Empowered Youth for Balanced Transformation in Rural and Urban Communities

The 8th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS)  took place from 10-13 September 2017 in Ingham and Townsville, Australia, with side events on 8 and 9 September. The topic was Rural Advisory Services and empowered youth for balanced transformation in rural and urban communities. It was co-organised with the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN) and included a partial overlap with APEN’s International Conference, which will take place from 13-15 September on the topic of Facilitating balanced change for rural and urban communities. 


GFRAS AM 2017 Draft AGenda

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 icon pdf Detailed draft programme (pdf 242KB)

Meeting objectives

The four interrelated objectives of the meeting were:

  1. to identify and discuss roles, challenges and opportunities for youth to be meaningful actors in balanced and inclusive rural and urban transformation
  2. to identify and discuss the roles and relations between RAS and youth for inclusive and sustainable rural-urban linkages;
  3. to identify and discuss changes in policies and the capacities of RAS needed for both RAS and youth to fulfil their roles; and
  4. to strengthen capacities of RAS networks through peer exchange and learning.