Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

LEED FLASH February 2011


Breaking out of policy silos

Doing more with less

In the context of the economic recovery and public budget cuts, policy silos and fragmented short-term policy interventions have become luxuries that our economies can no longer afford. Government intervenes in a myriad of ways at the local level, and rarely are these interventions co-ordinated effectively. However these divisions come at a cost.

New OECD research has shown that the difficulty of co-ordinating labour market policy and economic development strategies at local and regional levels are a major impediment to the success of local development initiatives, and that area-based partnerships and other existing forms of governance have limited capacity to correct this failure.The issues and challenges facing local communities are often complex, and require a holistic approach to be resolved.


Relative importance of the different factors on local policy integration 

Source: OECD (2010), Breaking Out of Silos, OECD Publishing, Paris.

More flexibility in policy management is also key to policy integration

 The recent global crisis has seen many countries building up local capacities to respond to rising unemployment. However this will need to be accompanied by new forms of flexibility if communities are really going to develop the innovative approaches that will support their re-emergence as growing and successful regions in the longer term. Flexibility in the management of programmes is the single most important issue in determining whether local actors can effectively work together.

Discover more in the recent LEED publication “Breaking out of policy silos: doing more with less”.



A new road-map for SME and entrepreneurship policy


What are examples of policy successes and failures to the financial crisis?
Issues papers are now available for download from the high-level “Bologna +10” meeting in November 2010. High-level policymakers from OECD and non OECD countries debated policy successes and failures, identified best practices, promoted co-operation, and designed a roadmap for policy makers and the OECD in the area of SME and entrepreneurship policy.

Economic prosperity and social cohesion


At the 10th International Entrepreneurship Forum, held in Bahrain on 9-11 January 2011, Aart de Geus, OECD Deputy Secretary General, in his keynote speech, emphasized the importance of diversity to sustain economic development, as well as the important contribution of entrepreneurship and innovation to economic prosperity and social cohesion.

LEED projects you can join in 2011-2012


LEED has a new programme of work for 2011-2012. Have a look to see what can be useful to your organisation and contact the OECD Secretariat for more information.

OECD 50th anniversary video competition


To celebrate the OECD's 50th Anniversary, young people worldwide are invited to create a short video describing their vision of Progress...




High-Growth Enterprises: What Governments Can Do to Make a Difference

This study investigated the challenges faced by high-growth enterprises and reviewed the programmes that policy makers in 24 countries have put in place to support the growth of enterprises.


Poland: SME and Entrepreneurship Issues and Policies 

Rapid growth of SMEs has been one of the great successes of the post-Communist transformation in Poland, but many challenges remain. This book considers the current state of SME and entrepreneurship performance and examines the existing set of policies and programmes at national and local levels



10-11 OECD 2011 Higher Education in Regions Conference 10 -11 February 2011, Seville, Spain
This conference will look at innovative ways in how HEIs can best contribute to making their cities and regions stronger, cleaner and fairer. A unique opportunity to meet and network with Higher Education leaders while discussing and debating valuable and relevant topics. Registration is now closed
16-17 Conference: Shrinkage in Europe: causes, effects and policy strategies (Amsterdam)
Within this event, a LEED workshop will address policies and strategies for dealing with regional shrinkage. The workshop will examine the complexity of elements impacting policy development in dealing with demographic change, particularly the impact on shrinking labour markets.
17 Conference: Improving social inclusion at the local level through the social economy. Presentation of the OECD report (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
This conference will present the report prepared for Slovenia as part of the OECD LEED "Improving social inclusion at the local level through the social economy" project in the framework of the Forum on Social Innovations. A team comprising members of the OECD LEED Secretariat and external experts visited Slovenia in January 2010 and in April 2010 for two study visits, to examine the role, both real and potential, of the social economy, and the support which could be given to the social economy to allow it to fulfil that potential.
10-11 7th Annual Forum Meeting: Doing more with less - Local partnerships’ role in the recovery (Vienna)
To get more from the limited funds available, localities have to maximise every opportunity to foster growth. Employment, economic development and inclusion programmes can no longer be designed in policy silos. How are local development actors adapting to this new reality and the innovations emerging on the ground to respond to these new challenges?
05 High Level Conference: Managing accountability and flexibility in labour market policy (Aarhus, Denmark)
Do labour markets have sufficient flexibility in the implementation of their policies and programmes to contribute effectively to local strategies? How can increased flexibility be balanced with accountability and the achievement of national employment goals? This high level conference will review the results of OECD research with national policy makers and local practioners. OECD Deputy Secretary General, Aart de Geus, and Bo Smith, Secretary of State, Denmark will open the event.  


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