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This report examines the relationship between SMEs' management of intellectual assets, innovation and competitiveness.
The main objective of the seminar was to provide an international forum for a multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on tourism and local development, also in relation to entrepreneurship and job creation, with a special focus on developments in the Mediterranean region.
This project examines how policies can support the integration of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into global value chains through creating and exploiting linkages between SMEs and Foreign Direct Investors (FDI). It involves assessments of current conditions and opportunities in three regions of Kazakhstan and makes recommendations for policy actions at national and local levels.
The financial crisis has resulted in a substantial increase in unemployment in the OECD.
The LEED Programme has been a Knowledge Partner to the Urban Investment Network since its creation and supports this annual Summit. This event addresses important issues facing local leaders and builds on three decades of LEED engagement with public and private sectors.
The economic outlook has weakened significantly over the past six months, which is not good news for employment or the prospects of those looking for work. Policy action targeted on youth and the long-term unemployed can, and must, be taken.
The OECD area unemployment rate, at 8.2% in September 2011, was unchanged from August. The rate has remained at around 8.2% since January 2011.
Gathering evidence is an essential requirement for local development organisations to design sound economic development strategies, demonstrate delivery against objectives, and prepare a path for future policy action.
The jobs crisis has three particularly worrying aspects. First, the risk of unemployment becoming entrenched is more and more real in a number of G20 countries. Second, the crisis impacts disproportionately on youth. Finally, growing inequality threatens to affect social cohesion and the living standards of vulnerable families and individuals. To deal with these threats, job creation must be restarted quickly, accompanied by stronger
The LEED Programme is launching a project analysing local skills strategies in place in OECD member and non-member countries, as part of a wider OECD Skills Strategy, and seeking experts in the field to contribute case studies examining a joined up approach to local skills development.