Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

OECD Trento Centre (Italy)



Build your local development capacities

The OECD expands its capacity building agenda for local development: the best policy reforms will fail if no effective mechanisms are in place to deliver them. The OECD has enhanced its partnership with Italy and scaled up its effort to close the implementation gap in OECD Member and non-Member countries.

The mandate of the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development has been renewed until 2020 and a new satellite office was established in Venice to increase the capacity building offer. The Trento Centre and its Venice office are part of the OECD LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development). The Centre will offer a rich institution and capacity building agenda dedicated to policy makers and practitioners in the fields of employment and skills, entrepreneurship, social economy and smarter local development allowing them to acquire practical knowledge needed to achieve policy goals.

Through its activities the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development seeks to provide policy advice and develop capacities for the effective design and implementation of policies that are tailored to local needs and focused on the key drivers of local economic growth and well-being in OECD Member and non-Member countries.

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The way forward around two main pillars

Capacity Building

Capacity building is creating, developing and strengthening the abilities of organisations, communities and individuals to confront challenges and achieve goals, work collectively across institutional lines and policy silos and develop synergies. 


Integrated Local Development


Culture and Local Development


Employment, Skills and Social Inclusion


Entreprenuership & SMEs


Spatial Productivity Lab (SPL)‌‌‌

Today, OECD countries face two major productivity challenges, decreasing growth and increasing inequality. The main question for the Spatial Productivity Lab is how regional, rural and urban policy can help find a more inclusive and dynamic system for economic growth.

As part of the broader OECD work on productivity, the Spatial Productivity Lab in coordination with the OECD Global Forum on Productivity is developing OECD analysis on the concept of spatial productivity. 

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Events and news

SPATIAL PRODUCTIVITY LAB: Workshop on spatial dimensions of productivity
28-29 March 2019 | Bolzano, Italy

SPATIAL PRODUCTIVITY LAB: Spatial productivity for regional and local development - 3rd meeting
7 February 2019 | Trento, Italy

WINTER SCHOOL: OECD ERSA Winter School - Spatial productivity for regional and local development
21-25 January 2019 | Trento, Italy

WORKSHOP: Old age dependency and supplementary social protection for long-term care provision in regions and cities
14 December 2018 | Trento, Italy

CONFERENCE: Unleashing the transformative power of culture and creativity for local development
6-7 December 2018 | Venice, Italy

SPATIAL PRODUCTIVITY LAB: Spatial productivity for regional and local development - 2nd meeting
4 December 2018 | Trento, Italy

TALKS CYCLE: Understanding global trends to innovate local governments 
27 September, 18 & 31 October 2018 | Udine, Italy

FORUM: OECD Forum for Local Development Practitioners, Entrepreneurs and Social Innovators
18-19 September 2018 | Porto, Portugal

SUMMER SCHOOL: Local development strategies and European projects - Second Edition
3-7 September 2018 | Zovello di Ravascletto, Italy

SUMMER SCHOOL: International Summer School for community and local development - Ninth edition 
23 July - 3 August  2018 | Trento, Italy 

CONFERENCE: CCIs support ecosystems as part of Smart Specialisation Strategy
15 June 2018 | Trento, Italy

SUMMER ACADEMY: Cultural and creative industries and local development
11-15 June 2018 | Trento, Italy

13th FESTIVAL OF ECONOMICS: OECD sessions on local development and spatial productivity
1-3 June 2018 | Trento, Italy

SPATIAL PRODUCTIVITY LAB: The contribution of regions to the productivity of nations - 1st meeting
21 February 2018 - 14.00 | Trento, Italy

ITALY: Developing local development strategies for remote, peripheral areas - Trentino
February 2016 - December 2019

ADRIATIC-IONIAN REGION: Improving the impact of territorial wide area co-operation in the Adriatic-Ionian region
September 2017 - Marzo 2019

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The OECD Forum for Local Development Practitioners, Entrepreneurs and Social Innovators
The OECD's worldwide network of practitioners in the fields of economic development, employment, skills and social inclusion. 


International Summer School "Community and local development in Latin America and the Caribbean"
The meeting point of innovative experiences in terms of community development practices performed in the most varied realities of the Latin American countries.



J‌uly 2017 - VivinTrentino meets the Summer School (time code 15:00) - IT



The OECD LEED Trento Centre is supported by the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy), the Foundation of Venice (Italy), the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-Südtirol (Italy), the Autonomous Region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol (Italy) and Udine Chamber of Commerce (Italy).



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