Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Capacity building activities and networks at the OECD Trento Centre


Building effective capacity at local level is crucial to strive with new local development challenges and create sustainable, inclusive and resilient local economies and communities 


  • What’s the issue?

Successful local development involves working across different policy areas to develop and implement effective local strategies. Likewise, an integrated approach to policy design, implementation and evaluation requires appropriate skills and abilities. Enabling institutions, people and places to build the knowledge and skills needed to improve their collective outcomes is an essential part of capacity building.

The Trento Centre has developed, over almost two decades, consolidated methods for capacity gap assessment and successfully collaborates with local, national and international institutions to close these gaps. Its capacity building activities, such as academies, trainings, webinars, seminars, workshops and conferences, often supported by individually developed studies and guidelines, allow participants to learn from a blend of high-level theoretical contents and practice-oriented working group sessions. Open discussions and interactions are encouraged at all stages to promote peer-to-peer learning and sharing of practices and knowledge. By bringing insights from the OECD work to thousands of sub-national policy makers and practitioners, the capacity building activities contribute to better policy action strengthening skills and local institutional capability.


  • What can the OECD offer?
  • Knowledge, tools and instruments to develop and implement local development policies.

  • Peer-to-peer learning to transfer and gain experiences within an international network.
  • Trainings and tailored activities to strengthen skills needed to develop, manage and evaluate programmes/projects.
  • Opportunity to enhance public-private governance capacity by building partnerships and networks among local administrators, stakeholders and community actors.


Capacity building networks

Summer academy on cultural and creative industries and local development (SACCI)


SACCI targets national and international policy makers and practitioners active in the promotion of and support to creative cultural sectors at the local, regional, national and international level, as well as cultural and creative entrepreneurs.



Summer school for community and local development in Latin America and the Caribbean 


This summer school promotes understanding and acknowledgment by both public and private actors of the territorial assets that can fuel local development strategies in the LAC countries.



Summer school on local development strategies and European projects 


This summer school provides a training opportunity for local administrators in Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (Italy) and the North-East of Italy to acquire essential knowledge and tools to guide sustainable development of the territory, also during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. 




Building local governance capacity for the future of sustainable tourism


The tourism sector is widely recognised as a driver of local economic development. To seize new opportunities and to ensure sustainability, new approaches and capacities, in both policy making and governance, are needed. This capacity building activity offers a range of opportunities to exchange practices and experiences among practitioners.



Capacity building activities and networking events

WEBINAR: The spread of teleworking on a large scale and its impact at local level. Challenges and opportunities for businesses, workers and families
1 December 2020 | STREAMING - Italian language

CAPACITY BUILDING: Design of strategies and projects for sustainable development at the local level in the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico
3 November - 9 December 2020 | DIGITAL 

COMMUNITY LAB: The future of tourism in natural areas. Impact, governance, financing
15 October-26 November 2020 | DIGITAL 

WEBINAR: Green economy and sustainability in the Alpine region
7 October 2020 | DIGITAL - Italian language

SUMMER SCHOOL: Community and local development in Latin America and the Caribbean - 11th edition
8 June-10 October 2020 | DIGITAL 

SUMMER SCHOOL: Local development strategies and European projects - 4th Edition
16 June-11 July 2020 | DIGITAL 

WEBINAR: The future of tourism in natural areas. Impact, governance, financing
3 July 2020 | DIGITAL 

WEBINAR: Culture as a developmental driver for Italy in the post-Covid scenario
15 May 2020 | DIGITAL 

SUMMER ACADEMY: Cultural and creative industries and local development - 3rd edition
27-30 April 2020 | DIGITAL 

WEBINARS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and cultural and creative sectors. Impact, innovations and planning for post-crisis
10 & 17 April 2020 | DIGITAL 

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