Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

LEED FLASH April 2010


Local development benefits from staging global events

The LEED governing board is meeting in Paris on 20-21 May to review ongoing work including LEED’s contribution to the OECD Green Growth Strategy and the OECD Innovation Strategy; LEED projects on Skills for Competitiveness and Training and Skills Development in SMEs. Presentations and progress reports on these activities and others will be made by LEED Delegates, high-level experts and the LEED Secretariat.

On 21 May, for the second time, a joint session has been organised for LEED Delegates and Partners. This time, the session will focus on Local Development Benefits from Staging Global Events. LEED research has shown that the most successful host countries and cities have a long-term plan that the event helps them to implement, and a dedicated management effort aimed at securing the benefits and the legacy for some time before the event is staged, and for several years afterwards. International events which are hosted well can become a catalyst for local development and global reach.

Building on the report Local Development Benefits from Staging Global Events, LEED is working with the Department of Communities and Local Government in the United Kingdom to contribute to the creation of a strong and sustainable economic and social legacy for the five host boroughs from London 2012.

The joint session will highlight the unique approach taken in the United Kingdom and set it against international experience. The session will explore the economic and social challenges and opportunities presented by the Olympic Games and debate key LEED themes of job creation, skills development, social innovation, entrepreneurship and finance & investment.
For further information, please contact Ms Lucy Clarke



LEED and ILO join forces to build capacity for green jobs


The main objective of the two twinned courses delivered by the OECD and ILO in May and June this year is to develop participants’ capacities to assess the impact of climate change on local economies and labour markets and design and deliver local strategies to respond to the climate change challenges.

Training course: "Strategies for Local Economic Development: Focus on Green Jobs"; 10-21 May 2010, ILO ITC (Turin, Italy) 

Seminar: "Local strategies for greener jobs and skills", 9-11 June 2010, LEED Trento Centre (Trento, Italy)


Uniting to improve social and economic participation


The conference hosted by NESA within the framework of the LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance saw a strengthening of partnerships between employment services, business leaders, the non-profit sector, governments and other stakeholders from Australia and abroad. Proceedings now online.




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LEED to participate in Agorada 2010: EURADA annual conference (Brussels)

Wake up your regional knowledge assets at the final conference of the Eurodite Project.
Join approximately 100 practitioners in economic development in order to learn about the results of research work and exchange experience with academics on: knowledge flows in territories and firms; knowledge indicators; mobility and anchoring of knowledge assets; knowledge networks; knowledge types, gender issues and regional development; dialogue with European Commission representatives, and; meet the Eurodite project partners. 

Measuring unemployment and exclusion from the labour market (Paris)

Région Ile-de-France, a new LEED Partners Club member, will co-host the second of four 2010 FIELD project workshops. It will review how local development organisations can measure the factors that impact on unemployment and exclusion locally and which data are needed to shape their policies. The FIELD project supports local development organisations in strengthening their information systems by providing customised guidance on data collection, analysis and use in policy making. Four cities/regions are already participating in 2010. The project is open to other partners.


Developing skills for competitiveness in the post-crisis context in Asia (Tokyo)

Representatives from governments and employment agencies across Asia and the OECD will discuss how skills development can help governments and local communities rebalance growth, stimulate employment and economic development and build effective local partnerships.
More information on the "Employment and Skills Strategies in Southeast Asia" (ESSSA) initiative is available at the collaborative website community.oecd.org/community/esssa


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