Events and Activities in 2014
Expert seminar: What works, and what doesn’t? Evidence-based approaches to tackling disadvantage (Paris, France)
15 October 2014
This expert seminar focused on how countries can establish a policy framework to enable effective local action using an evidence-based approach, choosing between different measures at a time of limited resources. The latest evidence from OECD countries on ‘what works’ and ‘what doesn’t’ were considered, with participants sharing their own experiences of what has been successful on the ground.
Capacity building seminar: Strengthening agricultural co-operatives in Kazakhstan (Trento, Italy)
13-17 October 2014
The aim of this seminar was to build institutional capacities and transfer methodologies to Kazakh policy makers in areas that will help improve the country’s agricultural competitiveness and support the development of small-scale production. It drew upon on OECD know-how and the Trento experience in agricultural cooperatives.
High-level capacity building seminar: Supporting youth in entrepreneurship (Brussels, Belgium)
22-23 September 2014
The aim of this High-Level Capacity Building Seminar was to have an international exchange of information on inclusive entrepreneurship actions across the European Union and on how the European Union Structural Funds can be used to support actions that combine entrepreneurship promotion and social inclusion. It examined how strategies for youth entrepreneurship can be designed and implemented including consideration of the connections with wider strategies for entrepreneurship and youth employment.
International Summer School for cooperation and local development - Fifth edition (Trento, Italy)
14-25 July 2014
The scope of the School is to organise specialised courses on socio-economic development and to create an international platform to exchange experiences and knowledge between public officers and practitioners from OECD member and non member countries that deals with cooperation and local development issues. The fourth edition of the Summer School on “Community and local development: building strategies for local development" took place from 14 to 25 July 2014 in Trento. Working language: Spanish.
Forum: 10th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development (Stockholm, Sweden)
23-25 April 2014
The 10th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development brought together some 350 representatives from local partnerships, government officials, public employment services, local leaders, youth organisations, social entrepreneurs, business representatives, and academics to discuss about job creation, partnerships to support school to work transition and managing transitions during the life-cycle. 14 interactive workshops also reviewed experiences in the local implementation of the Youth Guarantee, measuring social impact, evidence based policies for tackling disadvantage, entrepreneurial education and youth entrepreneurship.
Events and Activities in 2013
Capacity building seminar: Supporting the competitiveness of Ukraine’s agribusiness SMEs (Trento, Italy)
15-18 October 2013
The aim of this seminar was to build institutional capacities and transfer methodologies to the Ukrainian policy makers on areas which could improve the country’s agricultural competitiveness and sustain Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), building on the OECD know-how and reflecting on the Trento experience.
International Summer School for cooperation and local development - Fourth edition (Trento, Italy)
15-26 July 2013
The scope of the School is to organise specialised courses on socio-economic development and to create an international platform to exchange experiences and knowledge between public officers and practitioners from OECD member and non member countries that deals with cooperation and local development issues. The fourth edition of the Summer School on “Community and local development: building strategies for local development" took place from 15 to 25 July 2013 in Trento. Working language: Spanish.
Capacity building seminar: Developing inclusive entrepreneurship strategies - Entrepreneurial activities in Europe (Brussels, Belgium)
27-28 June 2013
The aim of this seminar was to have an international exchange of information on inclusive entrepreneurship actions across the European Union and on how the European Union Structural Funds can be used to support actions that combine entrepreneurship promotion and social inclusion. It examined the types of policy actions are effective, the conditions for their success, how actions can be brought together into integrated and self-reinforcing programmes, and what funding options exist, particularly from the European Social Fund.
Report: Tackling the long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups
This working paper reports on the work undertaken as part of the OECD LEED Tackling Long-term Unemployment Amongst Vulnerable Groups project. It includes the findings of a survey undertaken jointly by the OECD LEED Programme and the World Association of Public Employment Services in 2012, and also case studies and learning models from around the world on innovative practices to support the long-term unemployed into work.
Intervention by OECD SG Angel Gurrìa: 8th Festival of Economics (Trento, Italy)
1 June 2013
Strong growth in emerging-market economies and developing countries has lifted millions out of poverty, reducing the gap between rich and poor for the world as a whole. However, in many OECD countries, income inequality has actually increased over time. This poses a challenge for policymakers worldwide: how to achieve strong growth and ensure that its dividends are shared equitably. Investing in education and skills, guaranteeing access to quality public services and making the most of tax-benefit systems will be part of the answer.
Seminar: Evaluation of programmes for the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises (Jerusalem, Israel)
25 April 2013
This seminar was prepared by the LEED Programme for officials of the Israeli Small and Medium Business Agency (SMBA) and for managers and co-ordinators of public programmes supported by the SMBA. It presented the major issues and principles involved in designing, commissioning, undertaking and using evaluations of SME programmes illustrated with examples of good practice.
Forum: 9th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance (Dublin-Kilkenny, Ireland)
26-27 March 2013
Today many local communities 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. The 9th Annual Meeting offered an opportunity to reflect on innovative ways to support local job creation, youth employment and effective policy delivery.
Report: Job creation through the social economy and social entrepreneurship
24 February 2013
This report examines the role of Social Economy Organisation's in the provision of employment, and how they have fared during the recent period of economic turbulence. Attention was also paid to SEOs working with vulnerable individuals, either as direct providers of jobs, or providers of training and services designed to help vulnerable individuals into the mainstream labour market. In particular, the research sought to gain greater understanding of working conditions within these SEOs, and the challenges they faced in providing high quality employment while having to keep costs low in order to operate in competitive markets.
Review: Supporting survival and growth of graduate entrepreneurship: skills, competences and start-up support in Germany
January 2011-December 2013
This project continues OECD LEED work on university entrepreneurship support started in 2006 in the framework of the ongoing collaboration between the Commissioner for the New Federal States, the eastern German Länder and the OECD LEED Programme. The aim of this project is to provide advice for policy makers at Federal and Land levels, and practical assistance to university management and practitioners in charge of business start-up and early growth support, on how to improve the current strategy, infrastructure and practices in supporting new and young firms emerging from universities in order to increase the birth and growth rates.
Review: Regional FDI-SME linkage strategies in Kazakhstan
December 2011-May 2015
This project examines how policies can support the integration of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into global value chains through creating and exploiting linkages between SMEs and Foreign Direct Investors (FDI). It involves assessments of current conditions and opportunities in three regions of Kazakhstan and makes recommendations for policy actions at national and local levels.
Events and Activities in 2012
Report: Boosting local entrepreneurship and enterprise creation in Lombardy region (Italy)
20 December 2012
The OECD LEED review series on Boosting local entrepreneurship and enterprise creation, of which this study is a part, examines the capacity of local economies to support successful new enterprise creation and the growth of small enterprises and make recommendations on how this capacity can be enhanced through local policies. In the case of Lombardy, the economically most powerful region of Italy, the review includes a specific assessment of local entrepreneurship policies against the framework of the European Union’s Small Business Act (SBA).
Capacity building seminar: Developing tourism outside of established localities (Trento, Italy) - 3rd Edition
26-29 November 2012
The capacity building seminar was based on an active exchange of experiences between the participants duly provided in advance. The strength of such a roundtable event laid in the discussion of these experiences in an interactive setting.
Report: Local job creation - The Labour Agency of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Trento, Italy)
27 November 2012
This working paper reports on the review carried out for the Labour Agency (Agenzia del Lavoro) of the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy, and highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of policy approaches and actions taken by the Labour Agency. The working paper concludes with an outline of the key issues for consideration for the Labour Agency that could inform the development of an action plan in order to ensure the right conditions exist for sustainable job creation at the local level.
Workshop: Government approaches to supporting local economic and employment development (Riga, Latvia)
11 October 2012
Today many local communities 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. Governments are re-thinking their approaches in supporting local development, seeking ways to achieve maximum local impact and ensure that implementation mechanisms are operating efficiently at a local level. The event gathered representatives of ministries responsible for regional development and employment from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and selected OECD countries to exchange on approaches that work in addressing these challenges.
Study visit: Partnership strategies for demographic change and ageing (Province of Carinthia, Austria)
10-12 October 2012
The OECD LEED Forum on partnerships and local governance within the framework of the OECD LEED project on local scenarios of demographic change conducted a study visit to the Province of Carinthia, Austria. Although the overall situation of elderly people in the labour market is better than in most OECD countries, population forecasts indicate that the share of older people will increase dramatically, with Carinthia being more affected than the rest of the country.
International Summer School for cooperation and local development - Third edition (Trento, Italy)
16-26 July 2012
The scope of the School is to organise specialised courses on socio-economic development and to create an international platform to exchange experiences and knowledge between public officers and practitioners from OECD member and non member countries that deals with cooperation and local development issues. The third edition of the Summer School on “Community and local development: building strategies for local development" took place from 16 to 26 July 2012 in Trento.
Capacity building seminar: Strategic approaches to demographic change in Russia, Eastern Europe and OECD countries (Trento, Italy)
3-4 July 2012
The seminar was targeted at national, regional and local practitioners who dealt with anticipating and managing demographic changes in Russia and Eastern European countries and wanted to interchange experiences and approaches with other experts from OECD countries.
Capacity building seminar: Financing business start-up by under-represented groups (Trento, Italy)
27-29 June 2012
This seminar was part of a three-year programme of cooperation between the European Commission and the OECD LEED Programme to monitor and report on entrepreneurial activity in Europe and related public policies and actions.
Capacity building seminar: Getting the long-term unemployed back into work - New finance and delivery mechanisms (Trento, Italy)
21-22 June 2012
To find effective financing and delivery mechanisms to address long-term unemployment is a challenge which practitioners and policy-makers confront. The seminar reviewed innovations in these areas and reflected on how they can be used to support the long-term unemployed into employment.
7th Festival of Economics (Trento, Italy)
31 May-3 June 2012
The OECD LEED Trento Centre organised a round-table session on "Divided we stand: Why inequality keep rising", on Friday 1 June at 11.00 a.m., Trento (Italy). The round-table addressed questions arising from the consideration that rising income inequality creates economic, social and political challenges.
Study visit for local development practitioners: Partnership strategies for youth employment (UpperAustria, Austria) 24-26 April 2012
24-26 April 2012
Issues covered during the study visit included exploring features unique to the Austrian system, such as the dual apprenticeship system and qualification guarantees. The structure and targets of the Territorial Employment Pact were discussed and project visits to relevant initiatives allowed participants to meet with project promoters and participants, and discuss programme implementation and outcomes.
Study visit from a Delegation of the Chinese Enterprises Research Institute and the Chinese Development Bank (Trento, Italy)
30 March 2012
A high level delegation from the Chinese Development Research Center (DRC) and the China Development Bank (CDB) visited the OECD LEED Trento Centre on Friday 30th of March 2012. CDB is a leader in the implementation of the Chinese state’s macroeconomic policies and has assumed an active role in raising and channelling funds to alleviate the bottlenecks of financing restraints and strengthen weak links in the State's economy. The Development Research Center is a leading policy research and consulting institution specialising in research on enterprise development and reform policy, which is directly under the State Council.
Capacity building seminar: Designing and implementing E-government policies - The case of the Palestinian Autorithy (Trento, Italy)
28-29 March 2012
This capacity building seminar was co-organised by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme, within the context of the MENA-OECD Initiative to Support the Palestinian Authority, and the OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development. Thirteen delegates from different ministries of the Palestinian Authority lead by Mr. Suleiman Mustafa Zuhairi, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Telecommunications and IT, visited Trento to work on designing and implementing e-government policies in the Palestinian Authority.
8th Annual Meeting of the Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance: Partnerships for youth - Getting the young into jobs and business for successful working life (Berlin, Germany)
20-21 March 2012
The transition from education to work is not easy for many young people, particularly when it comes to finding sustainable employment with progression opportunities. While many OECD countries have recently put in place new national policies to support youth, they will be more effective if they are implemented in a coordinated way at local level. Providing jobs for youth requires place specific cross sectoral responses involving different local players as part of wider local development strategies.
Report: Knowledge networks and their impact on new and small firms in local economies (Italy-Germany)
31 Januray 2012
New and small firms can be important engines of job creation and local development when they identify and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities. The OECD LEED Programme in cooperation with the University of Trento has prepared this paper to analyse in deep the behaviour of knowledge networks in two specific local contexts: the Autonomous Province of Trento in Italy and the Magdeburg Province in Germany.
Review: Boosting local entrepreneurship and enterprise creation in Lombardy region (Italy)
December 2011-December 2012
The project, jointly implemented by the OECD LEED Programme and Unioncamere Lombardia, will examine the capacity in Lombardy region to support new enterprise creation and the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and how it can be enhanced through local economic and employment development policies.
Review: Local job creation in the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy)
This project will seek to enhance the contribution of labour market policy to the creation of more and better quality jobs. It will assess the effectiveness of employment policy and services to enhance competitiveness and employment outcomes by better matching skills supply to demand, improving training provision and addressing skills gaps but also improving skills utilisation by firms in the Autonomous Province of Trento.
Review: Local development capacity assessment in EU candidate countries and potential candidates in the Western Balkans - a LEED Project
January 2011-October 2012
This joint initiative by the European Commission Enlargement Directorate-General and the OECD LEED Programme is focused on providing an assessment of the current local development capacity in view of EU accession in the EU Candidate countries and potential candidates in the Western Balkans, notably: Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), Montenegro and Serbia.