Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

LEED FLASH December 2013



63rd LEED Directing Committee photo

Northern Ireland hosts the LEED Directing Committee

On 20/21 November the LEED Directing Committee held its 63rd session in Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland at the invitation of First Minister, Peter Robinson (on the left), and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness (on the right). They shared with the Committee, at a reception at Stormont Castle, Belfast, how important events such as the visit of the Committee was for a society that is still being rebuilt. Deputy Secretary-General Yves Leterme (in the middle) confirmed the attachment that the OECD and the LEED Directing Committee have to Northern Ireland. The LEED approach to job creation and economic development, cutting across policies and addressing concrete implementation issues has found in Northern Ireland a fertile soil for policy guidance and a source of innovation and best practice.


‌The Missing Entrepreneurs 

Approximately 26 million people in the European Union are currently unemployed and policy makers continue to search for solutions to this challenge. One option is business creation and self-employment. LEED is working with the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, on an inclusive entrepreneurship project that examines the barriers faced to this route into employment by people who are disadvantaged or under-represented in entrepreneurship activities – youth, seniors, the disabled, women, ethnic minorities, and others – and the public policy actions that can promote and support these activities. The project’s first annual report, The Missing Entrepreneurs, reports on entrepreneurship activities by these groups and examines public policies in the EU related to the institutional environment, entrepreneurship skills and financing, as well as the methods of policy delivery.

The project also produces a series of policy briefs on topics such as youth, senior and social entrepreneurship. Read more...



Improving the Effectiveness of Green Local Development coverNew LEED Reports for the OECD Green Growth Strategy

Two new reports, prepared by the OECD LEED Programme to fit the new series of the "Green Growth Strategy" have just been released. The first one “Improving the Effectiveness of Green Local Development: The Role and Impact of Public Sector-Led Initiatives in Renewable Energy” presents case studies from Australia, Brazil, The United kingdom and China among others, on the way to improve the effectiveness of renewable energy projects on the transition to a low-carbon economy. The second report: “Green Skills for a Low-Carbon Future” defines the key concepts that are central to the development of the low-carbon economy. Read more…



Green Growth in Brandeburg coverGreen Growth in Brandeburg

OECD Deputy Secretary-General Yves Leterme launched the report ‘Green Growth in Brandenburg: An Analysis of the Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz’ in Berlin on 30th September 2013. The report argues that stakeholders need to ensure that the economic benefits of growth outweigh the environmental costs. To do this, all stakeholders need to continuously monitor and communicate progress towards green growth through indicators. The green dashboard, provided in the report, is one example of green growth monitoring at the local level. This is the third report of the series on indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy conducted by the OECD LEED Programme. Read more...




Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship Workshop
November 7th 2013, The Hague, Netherlands
The OECD LEED Programme and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs organised on 7th November in The Hague a workshop on “Entrepreneurial ecosystems and growth-oriented entrepreneurship”. Looking at the support of high-growth firms from an entrepreneurial ecosystem perspective, the workshop stressed the importance for policy makers to facilitate networks among entrepreneurs and between entrepreneurs and other stakeholders (e.g. investors); create a local culture that is conducive to business start-ups; and support forms of business mentoring where experienced entrepreneurs remain the main source of knowledge and information for other entrepreneurs.  Read more...


The OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme is recruiting an Analyst to contribute to its analysis of skills, employment and economic development at the level of local labour markets.  The chosen person will carry out analysis and draft reports on a broad range of labour market and skills policy issues and organise events. To apply, please visit …






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