Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

LEED FLASH January 2010


Putting in place jobs that last

How to build quality employment during the recovery? LEED just released a new manual which sets out five principles for building sustainable employment for the future, each presenting concrete recommendations to both national policymakers and local practitioners, illustrated with case study examples:

  • Building a skilled and adaptable labour force
  • Better utilising skills
  • Supporting employment progression and careers definition
  • Fostering and anticipating new areas and growth
  • Putting in place good local governance at a time of public deficits

The manual includes an analysis of current local responses to the crisis. It is necessary reading for all people in exit strategies to the crisis.

Click here to view & download the report.


LEED’s mission for 2011-15 will be to build more and better quality jobs


Economic prosperity and social cohesion depends on the ability of our economies to generate sufficient employment, with possibilities for progression and accessibility for all. LEED's governing board just adopted a new mandate that will help countries recover both economically and socially.

A cross-sector approach involving both labour market policy and economic development at the local level will be crucial to create sustainable employment. LEED is proud to a rare OECD body to have a cross-cutting constituency with countries represented by both labour & economic ministries.

Skills for entrepreneurship


This new project examines the skills needed for entrepreneurship and how they are delivered by public policy through universities, vocational training organisations and other institutions. It will combine local case study work in selected participant localities with international assessments and comparisons.


Latest publications

Clusters, Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Explores the success of major innovation and entrepreneurship clusters in OECD countries, the challenges they now face in sustaining their positions and the lessons for other places seeking to build successful clusters.

Designing Local Skills Strategies


Drawing from a wide array of case studies, this book analyses best-practice local strategies for increasing workforce skills. And it also takes a close look at the opportunities and challenges presented by international migration.






6th annual meeting of OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance - from recession to recovery: local partnerships to rebuild employment

Despite the first signs of economic recovery, unemployment will remain high for the years to come. The 6th Annual Meeting will bring together some 200 representatives of local partnerships, government officials, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, trade unions and academics to review how local development actors are adapting to this new reality and what are the innovations emerging on the ground to respond to these new challenges.
Venue: Vienna (Austria)



Uniting to Improve Social and Economic Participation

The second biennial Working Communities Congress will explore international policy and local innovations to improve global perspectives on addressing unemployment. The Congress will be a forum for international thought leaders – to share experiences and strategies to broaden perspectives, challenge thinking and inspire innovative solutions – towards the goal of creating healthy, vibrant and sustainable working communities.
Venue: Grand Hyatt Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne (Australia)


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