I’m back from the stimulating European Development Days in Brussels last week with several thoughts to share. Almost invariably visitors to our stand made two points. Firstly, they said that Smart Villages could be part of the solution to rural migration by increasing the prospects of inhabitants. Secondly, they suggested that the idea of Smart Villages should be linked to the Smart Cities movement and not viewed in isolation. Another topic at the meeting that attracted us was the idea of making agriculture attractive to young people. Here again, Smart Villages’ vision of providing power for a range of technological innovations – from solar irrigation to drones – seems highly relevant. Finally, we were overwhelmed by requests to hold events in regions we have not covered so far, including Ethiopia, Angola, Madagascar, and the nomadic territories of the Tuareg to name but a few. All of this augurs well for our event with EASAC next week on Smart Rural Development.