Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

LEED FLASH January 2012




Enabling Local Green Growth

The transition to a green economy will not necessarily mean job losses, but there are some barriers that need to be overcome in order to ensure a successful transition. The need to align local and national strategies towards green growth, build strong partnerships, identify transferable skills, better target up-skilling programmes, support green entrepreneurship, and leverage the role of public authorities in supporting green growth activities are some of the recommendations emanating from a report just released by the LEED Programme, on Enabling Local Green Growth: Addressing Climate Change Effects on Employment and Local Development. The recommendations are illustrated by good practice models identified from across the globe. More...




27 February 2012 - OECD LEED- Cedefop Green Skills Forum (Paris)

The OECD LEED Programme and Cedefop are organising a joint Green Skills Forum to be held at OECD Headquarters in Paris on 27 February 2012. The forum aims to draw on lessons from work conducted by the OECD, Cedefop, and other organisations on the implications of the green economy for skills development and training policies. Deadline for registration: 15 February 2012. More...



20-21 March 2012 - Partnerships for youth - 8th Annual OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance (Berlin)

The transition from education to work is not easy for many young people, particularly when it comes to finding sustainable employment with progression opportunities. While many OECD countries have recently put in place new national programmes to support youth, they will be only effective if they are implemented in a coordinated way at local level. More...



OECD-EU Project on Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in Europe

This three-year programme of co-operation between the European Commission and LEED Programme of the OECD is monitoring and reporting on the state, development and impact of entrepreneurial activity in Europe and related public policies and actions. More... 




Building quality jobs in the recovery (Dublin, 13-14 October)

The task of rebuilding employment and creating accessibility for all is not an easy one. During the period of strong economic growth and low unemployment, net wages and income actually stagnated for a large proportion of the population. In many prosperous regions, firms did not see sufficient incentives to invest in and better utilise the skills in their workforce. The quality of employment has become a neglected issue in some OECD countries.

Some groups, such as youth and immigrants, have been particularly adversely affected and often require specialised support to get them back into work. While solutions have already been put in place to address urgent needs, new ways of working are required to create more sustainable and more equitable future employment. The conference brought together over 200 government officials, business representatives, local partnerships and social entrepreneurs to identify how labour market policy, skills development and training policies can contribute to job creation through co-ordination with local economic development. More... 



  A Local Approach for Local Jobs?
This papers argues that the local level is emerging as the key spatial dimension where EU development instruments apply and therefore a systemic local approach may be needed. More...
  Intellectual Assets and Innovation: The SME Dimension explores the relations between SME intellectual asset management, innovation and competitiveness in different national and sectoral contexts. More...
  Leveraging Training and Skills Development in SMEs
Recent additions including Turkey and the United Kingdom. More...
  Building Flexibility and Accountability Into Local Employment Services: Synthesis of OECD Studies in Belgium, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands More...



Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit

Special Edition: Welfare Reform - an International Review

The intention is to publish a special edition on the broad theme of welfare reform. The theme aims to accommodate country-specific examples of welfare reform in addition to analyses and descriptions of particular labour market interventions that support the movement of individuals from unemployment or inactivity into work

The journal publishes three main types of articles:

  • Viewpoints: punchy, polemic, readable opinion pieces on up-to-date issues (2000 - 3000 words)
  • Features: peer-reviewed articles (up to 6000 words).
  • In Perspectives: edited (but not peer reviewed) collections of shorter pieces reflecting on current or recent practice; we particularly welcome contributions from practitioners in this section (2000-3000 words).

A guide for contributors is available on the publisher's website.

For further information and to submit papers, please contact lepule


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