Localities across the OECD area are confronted with the challenge of reducing high and persistent unemployment and defining new sources of economic growth, all in the context of shrinking public resources. Local and national governments are in search of policies and instruments that work to rebuild economies and jobs from the bottom up. What mechanisms can be put in place locally to accelerate change, especially in tackling complex cross-cutting issues? And how can national policies be adapted to achieve maximum local impact and ensure that policy implementation mechanisms are operating efficiently at a local level?
The 9th Annual Meeting offered an opportunity to reflect on innovative ways to support local job creation, business growth and effective policy delivery.
The following themes were addressed:
PUTTING IN PLACE MORE AND BETTER JOBS
How employment and training agencies can help?
Local strategies for youth employment
Employment and social inclusion in rural areas
Enabling growth and investment: strategy, system and leadership
Supporting high-growth firms
Making shrinking communities more resilient
Data for policy design and impact assessment
Plenary sessions, thematic workshops and the Local Initiatives Forum provided opportunities to learn from international experience, present projects and network with peers from other counties.
Participants had the opportunity to learn directly from a range of project visits and discussed their work with staff and service users. Visits covered sets of services in County Kilkenny.
The 9th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance brought together some 200 representatives of local partnerships, government officials, local leaders, youth organisations, social entrepreneurs, business representatives, trade unions and academics to review how local development actors are adapting to this new reality and the innovations emerging on the ground to respond to these new challenges.
There was no participation fee. Participants were expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.
The meeting was held in Dublin and Kilkenny, two of Ireland’s most historic cities. Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, is its most populous city, the seat of Government as well as its principal port and trading centre. The city boasts a rich Irish culture and a glorious past which has given birth to many great writers, artists and musicians. Visitors can walk around the city and participate in tours to appreciate the immensity of its history and culture.
Noteworthy sites include Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Áras an Uachtaráin, where Ireland’s president resides. The Phoenix Park, home to Dublin Zoo is the largest urban park in Europe.
Kilkenny city is Ireland’s most historic and compact medieval city, located inland in south-east Ireland. “The Marble City” is one of Kilkenny’s many names, arising from the vein of black marble found here. Much of its old medieval architecture remains intact and the street plan of the centre has changed little in the last six hundred years. Kilkenny’s heritage is evident in the city and environs including the historic buildings such as Kilkenny Castle. St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower, Rothe House, Shee Alms House, Black Abbey, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Town Hall, St. Francis Abbey, Grace’s Castle, and St. John’s Priory.