Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

The LEED Programme in Latin America


The Andean Development Corporation (CAF) joined the LEED Programme as full participant in 2005 to promote local economic and employment development in the region. The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) through its Special Office in Europe is a full member of the OECD LEED Programme since 2001, working jointly on activities to foster entrepreneurial, social and local development in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Both organisations are represented in the Directing Committee.


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Conference on "Efficient Local Development Strategies: Exchange of Experiences between the OECD and Latin America"
This conference was jointly organised by the CAF and the OECD LEED Programme.  It took place in Bogota on 16-17 September 2008 at the invitation of the National Ministry of Planning.   The event gathered over 500 participants from various Latin American and OECD countries that met to exchange experiences and identify good practices to define and implement efficient local development strategies. 


Joint Events and Activities

Sixth Annual REDGOB Meeting
The annual meeting of the Euro-Latin American Network of Governability for Development (REDGOB) took take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on December 9-10, 2008.  Click on the link above for more information or contact

The X Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise, San Salvador, El Salvador, 3-5 October 2007
Over the last 10 years, the microenterprise development sector has changed as has the methodologies of institutions and agencies dedicated to working with this important segment of the labor force in the region. The key commitment and objective of the Forum on Microenterprise was to facilitate the exchange of experiences and good practices for providing development services to microenterprises. For more information on the event, including agenda, please visit de Forum's website or contact

EUROMIF Workshop on "Sustainable Approaches to Poverty Alleviation & Private Sector Development", Paris, 8 November 2006
Seminar co-sponsored by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and the World Research Institute (WRI), aims at a broader involvement of the private sector in wealth creation at the Base Of the Pyramid (BOP), and a deeper understanding of the Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) beyond Corporate Social Responsibility, highlighting "bottom line" aspects.

Conference on "Decentralisation as a Tool for a New Local Governance", Paris, 27-28 June 2005 
This two-days event was organised by the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (France) and the Inter-American Development Bank, in collaboration with the OECD LEED Programme.  Information is available in French and Spanish only.

Fostering Development through Entrepreneurship, Clusters and Local Initiatives 
This event was organsied by the OECD LEED Programme in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank. Over 120 participants from the Caribbean Rim took part in the discussions and shared their expertise on entrepreneurship and local economic development issues. 


LEED Publications in Spanish sponsored by the CAF and the IADB

For more information, please contact Ms. Gabriela Miranda from the LEED Programme Secretariat.