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Transformation for Rural Development: Collaboration and Co-Production of Knowledge

2nd Symposium on Transformation for Rural Development: Collaboration and Co-Production of Knowledge was organised by the Virtual Hub for Rural Transformation that was established as a part of the 1st symposium and subsequent workshop jointly organised by Charles Sturt University, Australia; PRADAN and Ambedkar University Delhi in April 2015 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C-o98IjSKc&feature=em-upload_owner). This year the symposium was held at the India International Centre and Ambedkar University, Delhi spanning over four days from April 19th to the 22nd.

Focussed on the question and concept of ‘transformation’ in its broadest sense, the conference intended to harness knowledge from all involved with rural development. In particular, the Symposium focussed on the learnings from experiences of transformation in the rural and reflected on various instances of action-ing the idea of collaboration and co-production.

We started the Conference on the 19th April at the India International Centre, Delhi with the focus on Capacity Building Workshops in the first half of the day. The workshop will be followed by the Symposium going up to the second day (20 April) where papers from researchers and practitioners were presented. We were very lucky to have Dr. Duncan Green from Oxfam UK as the keynote speaker. Day 3 focussed on the future development of the Virtual Hub where workshop participants developed the Hubs future. On day 4 (22 April) we moved to the Centre for Development Practice, Ambedkar University Delhi, to discuss and reflect upon emerging angles to development practice and transformative social action in rural areas.