To contribute to improving social cohesion through the identification and dissemination of local innovations; identify and analyse the role of the social economy in giving rise to new economic activity and creating new mechanisms of social inclusion.
Expert Seminar: What works, and what doesn’t? Evidence-based approaches to tackling disadvantage (Paris, France)
15 October 2014
This expert seminar focused on how countries can establish a policy framework to enable effective local action using an evidence-based approach, choosing between different measures at a time of limited resources. The latest evidence from OECD countries on ‘what works’ and ‘what doesn’t’ were considered, with participants sharing their own experiences of what has been successful on the ground.
10th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development (Stockholm, Sweden)
23-25 April 2014
The 10th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development brought together some 350 representatives from local partnerships, government officials, public employment services, local leaders, youth organisations, social entrepreneurs, business representatives, and academics to discuss about job creation, partnerships to support school to work transition and managing transitions during the life-cycle. 14 interactive workshops also reviewed experiences in the local implementation of the Youth Guarantee, measuring social impact, evidence based policies for tackling disadvantage, entrepreneurial education and youth entrepreneurship.
Review: The co-operative model in Trentino (Italy) - A case study
May 2014 - November 2014
The Trentino co-operative model has gained wide acclaim for its positive economic and social impact upon the territory. Developing a strong understanding of why the model has been so effective is important in identifying those factors which other localities could utilise as potential criticalities. This case study has therefore focused on developing an in-depth understanding of the Trentino model of the co-operative movement and its Federation.
Policy Review: Supporting the development of local innovation systems in Colombia - The case of Medellin, Antioquia
October 2013 - November 2014
The review intends to provide recommendations to the governments of the city of Medellin and the region of Antioquia to define effective policies to support the development of the local economy and include a focus on how the innovative environment can be strengthened to support inclusion, entrepreneurship, SME, and local development.
Events & Activities
Report: Tackling the long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups
This working paper reports on the work undertaken as part of the OECD LEED Tackling Long-term Unemployment Amongst Vulnerable Groups project. It includes the findings of a survey undertaken jointly by the OECD LEED Programme and the World Association of Public Employment Services in 2012, and also case studies and learning models from around the world on innovative practices to support the long-term unemployed into work.
9th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance (Dublin-Kilkenny, Ireland)
26-27 March 2013
Today many local communities are confronted with the challenge of reducing high and persistent unemployment and defining new sources of economic growth, all in the context of shrinking public resources. The 9th Annual Meeting offered an opportunity to reflect on innovative ways to support local job creation, youth employment and effective policy delivery.
Report: Job creation through the social economy and social entrepreneurship
24 February 2013
This report examines the role of Social Economy Organisation's in the provision of employment, and how they have fared during the recent period of economic turbulence. Attention was also paid to SEOs working with vulnerable individuals, either as direct providers of jobs, or providers of training and services designed to help vulnerable individuals into the mainstream labour market. In particular, the research sought to gain greater understanding of working conditions within these SEOs, and the challenges they faced in providing high quality employment while having to keep costs low in order to operate in competitive markets.
Capacity building seminar: Strategic approaches to demographic change in Russia and Eastern Europe (Trento, Italy)
3-4 July 2012
The seminar was targeted at national, regional and local practitioners who dealt with anticipating and managing demographic changes in Russia and Eastern European countries and wanted to interchange experiences and approaches with other experts from OECD countries.
Capacity building seminar: Getting the long-term unemployed back into work - New finance and delivery mechanisms (Trento, Italy)
21-22 June 2012
To find effective financing and delivery mechanisms to address long-term unemployment is a challenge which practitioners and policy-makers confront. The seminar reviewed innovations in these areas and reflected on how they can be used to support the long-term unemployed into employment.
8th Annual Meeting of the Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance: Partnerships for youth - Getting the young into jobs and business for successful working life (Berlin, Germany)
20-21 March 2012
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 policies to support youth, they will be more effective if they are implemented in a coordinated way at local level. Providing jobs for youth requires place specific cross sectoral responses involving different local players as part of wider local development strategies.
Review: Local development capacity assessment in EU candidate countries and potential candidates in the Western Balkans - a LEED Project
January 2011-October 2012
This joint initiative by the European Commission Enlargement Directorate-General and the OECD LEED Programme is focused on providing an assessment of the current local development capacity in view of EU accession in the EU Candidate countries and potential candidates in the Western Balkans, notably: Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), Montenegro and Serbia.
International Summer School for cooperation and local development (Trento, Italy)
18-28 July 2011
The scope of the School is to organise specialised courses on socio-economic development and to create an international platform to exchange experiences and knowledge between public officers and practitioners from OECD member and non member countries that deals with cooperation and local development issues. The second edition of the Summer School on “Community and local development: pursuing social cohesion and sustainability" took place from 18 to 28 July 2011 in Trento.
Conference: Improving social inclusion at the local level through the social economy. Presentation of the OECD report (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
17 February 2011
This conference presented 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.
Review: Improving social inclusion at the local level through the social economy: A new series of LEED cross-country studies
Social inclusion is a complex and multifaceted issue; one which requires the engagement and involvement of a range of public and private sector actors, as well the social economy. The aim of this project is to provide guidance to national, regional and local actors on how to improve social inclusion capacity effectively, in particular, by leveraging the social economy. Cross country studies have been undertaken in Slovenia, Poland and Korea (as well as France) to assess the current strategies of social inclusion in selected localities and in selected policy areas, and to explore the contribution of social economy organisations in fostering social inclusion.
Capacity building seminar: Local development, innovation and social capital (Trento, Italy)
8 Novembre 2010
A delegation from the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labour and Korean provincial governments visited the Trento Centre to examine strategies for stimulating local employment through innovation, entrepreneurship and the social economy. Following the sessions held at the Trento Centre, a visit to the Autonomous Province of Trento’s Labour Agency was undertaken.
International Learning Models
The Trento Centre was working with the Autonomous Province of Trento to support the work of the European Social Fund Co-operation Network. As part of this work, the OECD LEED Programme conducted five two-day ‘mini-reviews’ in five member regions of the Network: Fruili Venezia Giulia, Marche, Toscana, Trento and Podlaskie (Poland) examining topics including the integration of migrants, enhancing female employment, activities to promote work/life balance, and programmes to encourage lifelong learning. A seminar was held on 18 November 2009 to present the findings and recommendations of the five study visits.
Conference: Corporate Social Responsibility and Local Development (Trento, Italy)
31 June-1 July 2008
A High Level Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility organised by the Trento Centre in co-operation with the Russian company LUKOIL, LUKOIL International Trade Unions Association and TUAC (Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD). The seminar provided an opportunity to review international and Russian corporate social responsibility practices and modalities of partnering between business, trade unions and local authorities to foster sustainable local development with particular attention to the case of mono-industrial cities. The seminar also included a special session between Russian and Trentino trade union organisations.
Seminar: The new frontiers of social inclusion (Trento. Italy)
18-19 June 2008
The seminar was organised by the Trento Centre in co-operation with the European Social Fund Managing Authority of the PAT within the European Social Fund (ESF) Co.Net network activities (a network composed by approximately 25 ESF Managing Authorities in EU Member Countries).
A seminar and a study visit were organised for a delegation of Hungarian and Croatian policy makers in October 2007
The aim of the study visit was to enable participants to develop an understanding of the role of the social economy, and social economy actors, in Trentino. The attendance of the Croatian delegation was made possible by financial support from USAID.
Seminar: Reviewing OECD experience in the social entreprise sector (Trento, Italy)
15-18 November 2006
The seminar was organised by the OECD LEED Centre for Local Development in Trento in co-operation with the Autonomous Province of Trento, the Trentino Federation of Cooperatives and the Institute for the Development of Non-Profit Organisations (ISSAN) of the University of Trento, Italy.
The event was organised in conjunction with the Third Donor Roundtable Meeting on civil society development in the countries of Eastern and Central Europe, the CIS, Western Balkans and Turkey, co-convened by the Government of Italy, the World Bank and the European Commission EuropeAid Cooperation Office.
Seminar: Trade unions and welfare (Trento, Italy,)
26-27 October 2006
This seminar was organised in cooperation with INAS CISL and Fondazione Giulio Pastore. The event presented and discussed the results of research addressing these issues undertaken in eight European countries: Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Sweden and Poland.
Seminar: Emerging models of social entrepreneurship - Possible paths for social enterprise development in Central East and South East Europe (Zagreb, Croatia)
28-29 September 2006
The objective of this 2-day seminar was to disseminate and discuss recent regulatory policies that define new forms of social entrepreneurship and assess their relevance and applicability potential in OECD member and non-member countries of Central East and South East Europe.
Conference: The social economy in Central, East and South-East Europe (Trento, Italy)
22-23 September 2005
This international conference further explored the trends, opportunities and challenges that social economy actors face in the countries of the Baltic States, Central, East and South-East Europe.
Seventh CEI Summit Economic Forum (Portoroz, Slovenia)
24-26 November 2004
The Central European Initiative (CEI) opened its doors to the business and financial community, focusing on the needs of entrepreneurs investing in central and eastern Europe. The event was co-organised with the Slovenian CEI Presidency and was sponsored by the Italian Government. The OECD LEED Trento Centre was an active partner of this important event.
Seminar: Social economy and social innovations (Trento, Italy)
14-19 November 2004
This one-week seminar has been especially designed for policy-makers and practitioners from South, Central, and Eastern Europe responsible for social economic issues. This training was organised by the LEED Programme through the LEED Trento Centre for Local Development
For further information on these activities, please contact Stefano.Barbieri@oecd.org.
LEED Trento Centre (Italy)