LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)


  • Cultural heritage as catalyst of Local Development

    The OECD LEED Trento Centre is pleased to announce a workshop on Cultural heritage as catalyst of local development - Thursday 22 June 2017 from 12.30 to 15.30 - Milan, Italy

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  • City of Talent Montreal

    This report examines this paradox and suggests new strategies to improve local outcomes in terms of employment, innovation and skills, and to boost inclusive economic growth and innovation across the Quebec metropolis.

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  • Boosting Skills for Greener Jobs in Flanders

    This report analyses the skills dimension of the transition to a green economy at the local level, with specific reference to emerging needs in the agro-food, construction and chemicals sectors in Flanders, Belgium.

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‌‌The OECD Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) has advised governments and communities since 1982 on how to respond to economic change and tackle complex problems in a fast-changing world. Its mission is to contribute to the creation of more and better quality jobs through more effective policy implementation, innovative practices, stronger capacities and integrated strategies at the local level. LEED draws on a comparative analysis of experience from the five continents in fostering economic growth, employment and inclusion. Read more...



Employment & Skills

Creating more and better quality jobs is key to boosting growth, reducing poverty and increasing social cohesion. How can national and local policies be better aligned and tailored to specific local opportunities and challenges? There are a number of barriers to getting the local conditions for job creation right. 

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The OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship has always considered entrepreneurship to be a key driver of economic growth and job creation. In the current phase of economic recovery, entrepreneurship is helping to create new jobs to counter job losses as well as providing people with career opportunities that fit their preferences better than waged employment.

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Smarter Local Development

The purpose of local development is to build the capacity of a defined area to improve its economic future and the quality of life for inhabitants. Local development makes an important contribution to national economic performance and has become more critical with increased global competition, population mobility, technological advances, and consequential spatial differences and imbalances.

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The OECD LEED Trento Centre

The OECD LEED Trento Centre is an integral part of LEED and was established by the OECD, the Italian Government and the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy) in 2003. The mission of the Trento Centre is to build capacities for local development in OECD member and non-member countries. 

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Social Economy

An entire segment of the economy is composed of entities that aim to increase social inclusion and reduce inequalities, while simultaneously creating economic value. Social economy organisations, such as different types of cooperatives, associations, foundations, mutuals and social enterprises are developing at a fast pace around the world. 

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The LEED Forum

The Forum on Partnerships and Local Development (FPLD) is the OECD’s network of practitioners in the fields of economic development, employment, skills and social inclusion. Created by the LEED Programme in 2004, the Forum aims to build the capacities of stakeholders at all levels to work in partnerships to better tackle current economic and social challenges.

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