The latest World Bank report on South Africa addresses solutions to the country's economic challenges.
Some communities on South Africa's Platinum Belt have received substantial mining revenues, but these are controlled by chiefs.
South Africa's land policy is flailing around in the dark, with the haziest of understandings of how well or how badly land reform is doing.
A massive rural on-grid electrification programme in Rwanda has delivered considerable benefits. But is it the most sensible way to deliver power to remote areas?
Across Japan, towns and villages are vanishing as the population ages and young people move to the cities. How the country manages this holds lessons for other developed nations facing a similar fate.
South Africa should review its rural development strategy and land reform policy to win the fight against rising poverty.
Many states in Nigeria are reeling from cholera outbreaks. They need better health and sanitation infrastructure to disrupt transmission of the bacteria which cause the disease.
Too many able-bodied Paraguayans are underemployed, fuelling frustration and entrenching inequality.
Outside the capital cities and the coastal fringes, the towns and people of rural and regional Australia have had to be inventive to get through the tough times.
On the big national policies affecting non-metropolitan Australia, such as agriculture and trade, the major party differences are minor. That's why the election focus turns to local projects.
Only 55 percent of people living in rural areas have access to the speeds that currently qualify as broadband, while 94 percent of the urban population does.
What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.
When villages across Spain, Portugal and Italy are abandoned, the regions' unique culture and heritage is lost, too.
It's important to question whether the promotion of urban agriculture can actually help people, or whether other solutions should be explored.
South Africa's educational policies and curricula tend to be biased against rural lifestyles - even though nearly 20 million people live in the country's rural areas.
Agriculture can only contribute to rural growth and development to the benefit of all if it links with an inclusive and diverse rural non-farm economy.
Satellites, microwaves, radio towers - how many more options must be tried before the government just shells out for fibre to the home?
Agriculture, which employs about 80% of the working population, and political stability are key to Mozambique's rapid economic and social progress.
At least the parties agree that more internet is a good thing, even if they're short of ideas on how to provide it.
Tell those living in the countryside about the government's promised "right to fast internet" and they'll show you 10 years of similar, unmet promises.