Rural Transformation Index: Measuring Rural–Urban Disparities

  • Li Wang
  • Qutub Uddin Khan
  • Dian Zhang
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 19)


Since the beginning of the new millennium, the governments of developing countries have been focusing on improving substantially the socio-economic development and achieving the coordinated development of urban and rural areas. This chapter proposes a methodology for constructing a rural transformation index (RTI) based on three assessing indicator systems: the rural development level, the rural transformation level, and the urban–rural coordination level. The proposed methodology is based on the premise that how RTI demonstrates and corresponds to a certain rural development level can assist the policymakers and development planners to design and develop policies and strategies leading to the effective development of rural areas and an improved urban–rural relationship. The chapter suggests that more attention needs to be accorded to the collection of disaggregated data by rural–urban breakdown parameters that determine and fuel rural transformation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED)BeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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