Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

ITALY-REVIEW: Developing local development strategies for remote, peripheral areas - Trentino


Project developed by the OECD LEED Trento Centre in cooperation with the
Italian government’s Committee for Inner Areas and the Autonomous Province of Trento

Implementation period: February 2016 – December 2017


General objective

The OECD LEED Trento Centre is working with the Italian government’s Committee for Inner Areas and the Autonomous Province of Trento to strengthen capacities to develop and implement integrated strategies targeted at improving the quality of life and well-being of people and reversing demographic trends in ‘inner areas’ (sparsely populated areas and stranded communities isolated from large and medium-sized urban centres), with implications for a range of policy domains, including education, health, labour market and economic development.


Target areas

Work initiated in 2016 to help design a strategy for the pilot area of Tesino (Trento) has being expanded in 2017 to the area of Val di Sole, in coordination with the Italian government’s Committee for Inner Areas.


Working components

This analysis will serve as a background for:

  • workshops with national and local stakeholders to share OECD experiences and case study analysis on local development planning, strategy formulation and priority setting;
  • identification of recommendations for local strategies;
  • seminars to exchange information and practices and develop capacities of stakeholders involved in the national Inner Areas strategy and OECD delegates facing similar issues.

The Centre will extract lessons for the OECD from the Inner Areas strategy experience and disseminate through webinars, capacity building seminars and a compendium of good practices.

Support work included so far:

  • ad-hoc joint working sessions with PAT staff on local development planning and strategy formulation;
  • attendance to local meetings with the stakeholders for priority action setting;
  • draft documents review and recommendations;
  • specific input provision along the process of strategy design;
  • methodological support on technical strategy formulation methodology;
  • participation in meetings and briefings with the national authority in charge of the coordination of the «National Strategy for Internal Areas»;
  • case study analysis and networking with other relevant local experiences.



The draft strategy for Tesino was prepared and the relevant financial agreement expected to be signed until mid-2017.

In Val di Sole, a kick-off meeting and a preliminary fact finding mission were conducted in May 2016. Two technical meetings were organised in June. A study visit to Val di Sole was held on 22 July. A first draft strategy outline has being prepared and its finalisation is expected by end 2017. 



For information, please contact Paolo Rosso at the OECD LEED Trento Centre.