Events and Activities in 2011
Capacity building seminar on "New strategies for tourism and local development in the Mediterranean region", Trento, Italy, 4-7 December 2011
The highly interactive 5-day capacity building seminar brought together national, regional, and local policy-makers and practitioners, in the Mediterranean region, to work with OECD and international experts in order to share and increase knowledge and awareness on tourism and local development in the Mediterranean region, by focusing also on the following relevant issues: (i) governance; (ii) entrepreneurship and job creation; (iii) skills; and (iv) livability, landscape and global events.
Capacity building seminar on "Implementing SME policy tools in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus", Trento, Italy, 25-28 October 2011
This 3.5-day seminar discussed how to tackle some of the primary challenges SMEs face, addressing the following issues related to SME policy tools and instruments: (i) business cooperation and local governance; (ii) technology, innovation and green growth; and (iii) access to finance. The seminar was addressed to participants from Eastern Europe and South Caucasus - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine - committed to the topic of SME development and policy, and willing to contribute to build a highly interactive environment, by sharing their experiences and learning from each other.
International conference on "Building quality jobs in the recovery", Dublin, Ireland, 13-14 October 2011
This international conference brought together over 200 government officials, business representatives, local partnerships, leaders and social entrepreneurs, experts and academics, to discuss how communities can respond to these pressing labour market problems. The conference reviewed and drew lessons from successful past experiences and innovative solutions available today to identify how labour market policy, skills development and training policies can contribute to sustainable employment creation, through co-ordination with long-term economic development and local strategies.
The event was structured around four thematic issues: (i) long term unemployment; (ii) youth unemployment; (iii) social economy; and (iv) early childhood supports.
International Summer School for cooperation and local development, Trento, Italy, 18-28 July 2011
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 second edition of the Summer School on “Community and local development: fostering social cohesion and sustainability" took place from 18 to 28 July 2011 in Trento.
Conference on "Local and regional strategies to relaunch economic and employment development", Trento, Italy, 8 July 2011
High level policy makers, economists and representatives of international and European institutions discussed the future of global economic and financial development and debated the crucial role played by regions and localities in the recovery and development of economic competitiveness. The conference provided a means to exchange good practice and drew up policy recommendation to achieve tangible results.
Report on "OECD studies on tourism - Italy: Review of issues and policies", Italy, 6 July 2011
This report sets out the main analysis and recommendations of the tourism policy review of Italy. It assesses the current state of tourism performance in Italy, its framework conditions and business environment, the existing set of tourism policies and programmes, especially in the area of statistics, promotion and education and training. The report presents a series of policy recommendations intended to support policy and programme development in Italy in order to develop and strengthen further the tourism sector and to provide inspiration to policy makers in other countries faced with similar challenges.
6th Festival of Economics in Trento, Italy, 2-5 June 2011
In the framework of the 6th Festival of Economics on "The borders of economic freedom", the OECD LEED Trento Centre, in cooperation with the School on Local Development of the University of Trento, organised a round-table session on "Labour and productivity: the role of institutions, trade unions and business in the current economic crisis", which took place at the OECD Trento Centre (Vicolo S. Marco, 1) on Friday 3 June at 11.00 am.
Study visit on "Green skills in the Autonomous Province of Trento", Trento, Italy, 15 April 2011
Within the Green Jobs Learning Forum promoted by the ILO, the Trento Centre organised an intense morning discussion involving local representatives to consider sustainable development strategies in the Autonomous Province of Trento, what the role of local networks in greening skills is and how local initiatives have transformed, transferred and created new skills, and thus become best practice models for the green sector.
The Seventh Meeting "Doing more with less: local partnerships’ role in the recovery", Vienna, Austria, 10-11 March 2011
To get more from the limited funds available, localities have to maximise every opportunity to foster growth. Employment, economic development and inclusion programmes can no longer be designed in policy silos. How are local development actors adapting to this new reality and the innovations emerging on the ground to respond to these new challenges?
Conference on "Improving social inclusion at the local level through the social economy. Presentation of the OECD report", Ljubljana, Slovenia, 17 February 2011
This conference presented the report prepared for Slovenia as part of the OECD LEED "Improving social inclusion at the local level through the social economy" project in the framework of the Forum on Social Innovations. A team comprising members of the OECD LEED Secretariat and external experts visited Slovenia in January 2010 and in April 2010 for two study visits, to examine the role, both real and potential, of the social economy, and the support which could be given to the social economy to allow it to fulfil that potential.
Local development capacity assessment in EU candidate countries and potential candidates in the Western Balkans: a LEED Project for 2011/2012
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.
Review on "Supporting survival and growth of graduate entrepreneurship: skills, competences and start-up support in Germany", 2011/2013
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 on "Entrepreneurship support in Tunisia - The role of universities", 2010/2012
This review will provide Tunisia with an assessment of practices in place for training of entrepreneurship skills and competences and a set of recommendations for policy improvements, including international learning models example and a policy action plan.
Events and Activities in 2010
Capacity building seminar on "New strategies for tourism and local development in the Mediterranean region", Trento, Italy, 13-16 December 2010
The seminar aimed to build and share the knowledge and know-how of participants on how to develop integrated strategies based on sustainable tourism and build new and innovative tourism policies, which reflect local characteristics and which address local need, engaging local communities. Mechanisms to ensure vertical and horizontal co-operation among all stakeholders and how to build entrepreneurial, including social entrepreneurship, tourism capacities and develop specific tourism skills were also explored.
Capacity building seminar on "Local development, innovation and social capital", Trento, Italy, 8 November 2010
A delegation from the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labour and Korean provincial governments visited the Trento Centre to examine strategies for stimulating local employment through innovation, entrepreneurship and the social economy. Following the sessions held at the Trento Centre, a visit to the Autonomous Province of Trento’s Labour Agency was undertaken.
Workshop on "Measuring local development policy delivery", Paris, France, 4 November 2010
This forth FIELD workshop reviewed the innovative tools and methods used as part of local information systems by local development organisations to: i) measure the factors that impact on the effective delivery of local policies; ii) identify policy needs, shape policies and programmes that can best address these needs, and; iii) understand if policies are bringing results.
Capacity building seminar on "Universities, skills and entrepreneurship", Trento, Italy, 18-20 October 2010
Much can be learned from an international exchange of information about the rationales behind university entrepreneurship support and local partnerships to foster the birth and growth of new firms. The seminar explored strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, examined what constitutes good practice in local entrepreneurship support and discussed potential pitfalls.
Study visit for local development practitioners on "Partnerships & the green economy", Graz, Austria and Slovenia 11 – 13 October 2010
The study visit was organised for a selected group of local development practitioners to review the green experience of the Austrian Province of Styria. The study visit provided opportunities to meet with people from institutions responsible for different issues of green policies, e.g. entrepreneurial support, labour market and skills development, environment and regional development, as well as with representatives from enterprises and project promoters.
Report on "Sustainable tourism and local development in Apulia region", Italy, 8 October 2010
This report is the final output of the project on "Sustainable tourism and local development in Apulia region",Italy, developed by the OECD LEED Programme in collaboration with the OECD Tourism Committee, which aims to assist the Regional Government of Apulia and its regional and sub-regional partners in reviewing policies and assets of the Region.
Workshop on "Measuring entrepreneurship and SME development at local level", Paris, France, 27 September 201
This third FIELD workshop reviewed the innovative tools and methods used as part of local information systems by local development organisations to: i) measure the factors that impact on entrepreneurship and SME development; ii) identify policy needs, shape policies and programmes that can best address these needs, and; iii) understand if policies are bringing results.
International Summer School for cooperation and local development, Trento, Italy, 26 July-5 August 2010
The OECD LEED Trento Centre for local development, the Training Centre for International Cooperation (TCIC) and the EAFIT University of Medellin have recently set up a joint “International Summer School for cooperation and local development”. 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 first edition of the Summer School on “Community and local development: defining a strategy of growth for localities” took place from 26 July to 5 August 2010 in Trento, in collaboration with the Trentino Federation of Cooperatives and EURICSE.
Report on "SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Local Development in the Marche Region, Italy", July 2010
The aim of the report was to provide, from an international perspective, advice on how to strengthen and restructure the economy of the Marche region through the use of appropriate SME and entrepreneurship policies. This report set out the findings of the review. The report identified major considerations for policy development in the field, assessed the current challenges and opportunities for the Marche and advanced recommendations to improve policy and practice in the Marche region.
Workshop on "Understanding and measuring unemployment and exclusion from the labour market", Paris, France, 21 June 2010
This workshop reviewed the innovative tools and methods used by local development organisations as part of local information systems to measure the factors that impact on unemployment and exclusion; to identify policy needs, shape policies and programmes that can best address these needs, and; to understand if policies are bringing results.
Capacity building seminar on "Local strategies for greening jobs and skills", Trento, Italy, 9-11 June 2010
"Greening the economy" is today one of the most pressing issues in the majority of OECD countries. The seminar reviewed the impact of the climate change on local labour markets (including through regulations) and studied the different tools and methods that can be used to facilitate and best manage the transition to a greener local economy.
5th Festival of Economics in Trento, Italy, 3-6 June 2010
In the framework of the 5th Festival of Economics, the OECD LEED Trento Centre, in cooperation with the School on Local Development of the University of Trento, organised a round-table session on: “1989-2010 two decades of transformations in the new Europe: development choices and trajectories”, which took place at the OECD Trento Centre (Vicolo S. Marco, 1) on Friday 4 June at 3 pm.
Review of national and regional small and medium-sized enterprise policy linkage in Serbia, May 2010
The recommendations developed in this report are of two types: i) general SME policy orientation; and ii) issues arising from first application of the OECD IC-LEED analytical tool – the SSPI - to measure gaps between national and sub-national SME policy development and programmes. Recommendations linked to the first type focus on general issues arising from financial support for SMEs in Serbia. Recommendations of the second type are based on an analysis of gaps between SME policies found at the national level and those implemented in the regions covered by this project.
Handbook on "Shooting for the moon: good practices in local youth entrepreneurship support", April 2010
In the framework of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance this handbook presents a criteria list of good practice that can be read as a ‘tool’ to self-assess and re-orient current strategies, structures and practices in youth entrepreneurship support. Short descriptions of good practice initiatives from Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, the United States, and Ukraine provide useful guidance.
Workshop on "Measuring skills and human capital in local economies", Paris, France,12 March 2010
The objective of this workshop was to review the innovative tools and methods used, as part of local information systems, by local development organisations to: i) measure skills supply, demand and utilisation in local economies, ii) identify policy needs, shape policies and programmes that can best address these needs and iii) understand if policies are bringing results.
Review of SME and entrepreneurship issues and policies at national and local levels in Poland, March 2010
This report presents the findings by the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of the local component of the "National review of entrepreneurship and SME policies" in Poland. The review was undertaken by the OECD in collaboration with the Economic Development Department of the Polish Ministry of Economy.
Review on "Sustainable tourism and local development in Apulia region (Italy)", November 2009 - July 2010
The study of Apulia aims to review policies and assets of the region, so to provide recommendations and guidance to: (i) implement new sustainable tourism development strategies; (ii) strengthen the value of Apulia destination’s sites proposition;and (iii) foster skills and capacities at local level.
Events and activities in 2009
Final project meeting on "Models for social inclusion: results from five OECD case studies", Trento, Italy, 18 November 2009
The international seminar aimed to disseminate the results of an OECD LEED study on social inclusion undertaken in five Regions across Italy and Poland who are members of the ESF CoNET (European Social Fund Co-operation Network), a network of co-operation between Managing Authorities, Intermediate Bodies and Central Authorities that operate in the policy fields of the European Social Fund.
Capacity Building Seminar on "Getting the Young into Jobs: the Role of Partnerships", Trento, Italy 26-28 October 2009
Ensuring a smooth and quick transition from education to employment and fighting education drop-out trends are key objectives of youth policies across OECD countries. The seminar was addressed to those already working in partnerships on youth policies, or in the process of establishing a partnership in one of the following areas: (i) promoting entrepreneurship; (ii) youth skills initiatives; and (iii) integrating youth with accumulated disadvantages.
Supporting SMEs in a Time of Crisis: How to Choose the Right Actions
The capacity building seminar lasted for 3.5 days and was based on a mix of short presentations by OECD and international experts followed by discussion, group work around practical case studies developed by participants and trainers prior to the seminar, and group work exercises. The programme included study visits to Trentino entrepreneurship and SME development initiatives to view instruments used in the Province of Trento and considered as good practices by the OECD.
"Higher Education Institutions, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Good Practice Workshop", Halle, Germany, 12 June 2009
The aim of the good practice workshop was to follow up the joint policy development project from LEED Programme of the OECD and the German Federal Ministry of Housing, Construction and Urban Affairs with a practical event to enable HEIs and policy makers from eastern Germany to exchange with each other and with participants from other countries around good practice in HEI entrepreneurship support, namely in entrepreneurship education and in start-up support. A rich and diverse programme also offered participants opportunities to engage in dept-interviews with those behind good practices.
Capacity Building Seminar for Local Development Practitioners on “Routes out of the Crisis – New Strategies for Skills and Employment”, Trento, Italy, 10-12 June 2009
The seminar began with a one-day session open to a wider audience of policymakers and practitioners involved in tackling the impact of the crisis on jobs and skills. Days 2 and 3 were structured around a mix of presentations by OECD experts followed by discussion and group work.
Strategic Evaluation Framework for Local Development Strategies in the Czech Republic, May 2009
A Report and a Guide on evaluation for local development strategies in the Czech Republic have been prepared by the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme in collaboration with the the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic as part of the OECD LEED activity on “Strategic Evaluation Frameworks for Local Development”.
Evaluation of Local Development Strategies in Hungary, May 2009
A Report and a Guide on evaluation for local development strategies in Hungary have been prepared by the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme in collaboration with the Ministry for National Development and Economy of Hungary as part of the OECD LEED activity on “Strategic Evaluation Frameworks for Local Development”.
"Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in East Germany: Lessons from Local Approaches", Report, March 2009
The report is the result of a two-year work programme on the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurship development in East Germany undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, through its Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS), Angelegenheiten der Neuen Länder department.
The Fifth Forum Meeting on "Building strong partnerships with the private sector for better jobs and inclusion", Vienna, Austria, 9-10 February 2009
How can collaboration with the private sector be strengthened to deliver better and more sustainable outcomes on the labour market? Answers to this issue of central importance to most partnerships today were sought at the 5th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance.
Invitation for Participation: Survey about Local Responses to the Crisis
“Is your locality affected by the crisis?” “What is being done to address the problems?” “Do you want to know what others are doing?” The OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governances invites you to share your experience by filling in a simple questionnaire. The results will be processed and fed back to all Forum members.
Events and activities in 2008
Capacity Building Seminar for New and Nascent Local Development Partnerships in Central-East and South-East Europe, Trento, Italy, 10-13 November 2008
The objective of this 2.5-day seminar was to improve the functioning of local partnerships. The seminar was aimed at local partnership practitioners and their counterparts in local and national governments. The seminar focused on three main themes: (i) what makes local partnership building successful?; (ii) what are the key elements of a national support framework for local development partnerships?; and (iii) how to manage and improve performance?
High Level Tourism Committee Meeting, Riva del Garda, Italy
Policy makers, industry leaders and tourism experts came together to discuss how the tourism economy must improve its competitiveness, and how tourism actors must use their resources more efficiently & more innovatively to develop and bring to the market products that are competitive in the world market.
Final Seminar on "Strategic Planning and Evaluation for Regional and Local Development in Latvia", Riga, Latvia, 17 June 2008
This seminar presented and debated the result of work undertaken by the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme on how best to support the design, implementation and evaluation of local development strategies in Latvia.
Capacity Building Seminar for Partnerships on "Designing and Delivering Skills Strategies for Cities", Trento, Italy, 11-13 June 2008
The objective of this seminar was to improve the capacity of partnerships to design and deliver integrated skills strategies. It focused on three main themes: (i) understanding local skills needs; (ii) building an integrated skills strategy and (iii) assessing the impact: moving from quantitative to qualitative assessment.
Round Table on "Local Governance in Local Development: the Role of Local Development Partnerships", Zagreb, Croatia, 10-11 March 2008
This round table was the conclusive part of the review project "Capacity Building for Effective Partnerships – An Active Review in Croatia" that the OECD LEED Programme and the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission in Croatia have jointly undertaken since 2007.
The Fourth Forum Meeting ‘Partnerships for Skills and Competitiveness, Vienna, Austria on 18 – 19 February 2008
The Fourth Forum Meeting sought to identify the best ways for partnerships to contribute to the design and implementation of skills development strategies which can boost competitiveness and make the economy more inclusive.
OECD Workshop on Partnerships for Development and Diffusion of Innovation, Trento, Italy, 31 January and 1 February 2008
The workshop, jointly organised by the OECD and the Autonomous Province of Trento, focused on partnerships (public-private and private-private) for the development and diffusion of innovation.