Développement économique et création d'emplois locaux (LEED)

Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe - An OECD-European Commission Project


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Supporting Youth in Lithuania - A review of Policies and Programmes


These policy reviews provide a baseline analysis of the needs for entrepreneurship support for youth, assess the strengths and weaknesses of existing and planned policies and programmes, make recommendations for the development of integrated policies and programmes in this field, and support the development of policy action plans. This project was conducted in partnership with Lithuanian Ministry of Social Security and Labour. The OECD Secretariat led an international expert team who assessed current and planned approaches to promoting and supporting youth entrepreneurship in Lithuania against OECD good practice criteria for youth entrepreneurship policy.

OECD is working with the European Commission, DG Employment and Social Affairs to examine the barriers faced to business creation and self-employment by people who are disadvantaged or under-represented in entrepreneurship activities - youth, seniors, the disabled, women, ethnic minorities, the unemployed and others - and the public policy actions that can promote ans support these activities.

What is inclusive entrepreneurship ?

It is entrepreneurship that contributes to social inclusion to give all people an equal opportunity to start up and operate businesses. Target groups are those who are disadvantage and under-represented in entrepreneurship and self-employment, including youth, women, seniors, ethnic minorities and immigrants, disabled people and many other groups.

Why is inclusive entrepreneurship important ?

Today nearly 26 million people in the European Union are unemployed and actively seeking work. One of the responses to moving people back into work is through business creation and self-employment, which is a key outcome sought from inclusive entrepreneurship policies, and with it greater labour market participation by the target population groups. 

Annual Report

Each year a report called the Missing Entrepreneurs will be produced to disseminate an evidence base on inclusive entrepreneurship and self-employment activities and policies in the EU.

Policy briefs

A series of short notes aimed at policy makers are produced to examinate issues and policies for particular social inclusion target groups and specific policy tools that can support them.

Capacity building seminars

Seminars are held for high-level policy makers in EU Member States to facilitate mutual learning and to build capacity of inclusive entrepreneurship policies.



For further information, please contact Jonathan Potter or David Halabisky.


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