This factsheet explores the role of (policy) networks in supporting social inclusion in rural areas. One of the main added values of networks is that they bring together various stakeholders around common issues of interest and facilitate exchanges of experience and views among them. Through these activities, networks can help to identify and overcome common problems and challenges, and ultimately contribute to the improvement of policy implementation.
This factsheet explores ways of supporting the social inclusion of young people in rural areas. Young people face a number of disadvantages (such as lack of education and training, unemployment, lack of basic services), especially when living in rural areas. The Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) and particularly LEADER/CLLD can help to address these disadvantages. Some of the most successful initiatives in this regard have been those that were not just carried out for young people, but also by young people.