Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

LEED Flash December 2014

 

NEWS & EVENTS

Job Creation and Local Economic Development
LEED just released the first edition of its new flagship publication which highlights new evidence on policies to support ‌job creation, bringing together the latest findings from its work on labour markets, skills, entrepreneurship and local economic development policies. It also includes a set of country pages featuring new data showing where conditions are ripe for quality job creation. "Job Creation and Local Economic Development" is a user-friendly book, accessible to all government officials and practitioners with an interest in job creation and economic development. A launch event was held in Washington D.C. on 19 November. This event brought together national associations of governors, counties, economic development organisations as well federal government officials. The news release is available here...

G20 Labour Ministers adopt Local Job Creation principles
LEED has been actively supporting the work of the G20 Taskforce on Employment under the Australian Presidency by preparing a report on effective local strategies to boost quality job creation, employment and participation. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers met in Melbourne, Australia on 10-11 September 2014, and endorsed eight policy priorities for creating better jobs presented by LEED. Download the report and read more in the OECD G20 page...

 

JUST RELEASED

The Missing Entrepreneurs 2014
The LEED Programme and the European Commission's DG on Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion recently published the second book as part of their programme of work on inclusive entrepreneurship. The ‌Missing Entrepreneurs 2014 examines how public policies at national and local levels can support job creation by encouraging business start-ups and self-employment by people from disadvantaged or under-represented social groups in entrepreneurship. It shows that there is substantial potential to combat unemployment and stimulate social inclusion by promoting entrepreneurship in populations such as women, youth, seniors, the unemployed, and migrants, if the specific problems they face can be addressed and if entrepreneurship policies are opened up to all. In parallel, a new policy brief "Entrepreneurship for People with Disabilities has been released and discusses the barriers to business start-up and self-employment faced by those who experience temporary or permanent disabilities, as well as potential policy solutions to address these challenges. Read more... 

Korea: Promote inclusive growth through greater employer involvement in the employment and skills system
LEED launched Employment and Skills Strategies in Korea as part of the OECD series of reviews on local job creation. The report was launched at an international conference, co-organised by LEED and the Ministry of Employment and Labour, which brought together 150 participants to focus on effective implementation of employment and skills policies. Lee Jaehung, Deputy Minister of Employment Policy with the Ministry of Employment and Labor delivered a keynote address on the government’s ambitious goal of achieving an employment rate of 70% and what actions are being taken at the national and local level, including efforts to promote decentralisation and greater local level involvement in steering the employment and skills system. Read the press release and read more about the Local Job Creation project...

Czech Republic: Enhancing the local development contributions of Higher Education Institutions
Moravia-Silesia is one of the Czech Republic's most industrialised regions. Mining and medium-tech manufacturing - the sectors with the highest employment rates - are undergoing a process of rapid change and the major development potential lies in its mix of five higher education institutions. The report "Enhancing the Local Development Contributions of Higher Education Institutions - Moravia-Silesia", a joint review project of LEED and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic , presents recommendations on how this can be best utilised for the region’s sustainable development. Download the report...

 

MULTIMEDIA

New website: Forum on Partnerships and Local Development
This new dynamic website includes a comprehensive database of Forum materials: country fact-sheets on partnership models, successful local projects, thematic handbooks, publications and event proceedings. Users can easily search the database by country, topic, or type of material, and retrieve best practices in their area of work. In addition to this new feature, the website also includes information on upcoming activities and membership in the Forum. Read more...

Tools to help promoting entrepreneurship in school
HEInnovate is a joint initiative by the LEED Programme and the European Commission DG for Education and Culture. It provides guidance, inspiration and international networking opportunities to higher education institutions all across Europe and beyond. More than 100 countries are using HEInnovate as freely available self-assessment tool. To promote entrepreneurial education in schools and VET, the website Entrepreneurship360 aims is to capture and map the opinions of school management, teachers, parents and partners about the actual situation and the statements that describe good practice in the Entrepreneurial Institution, Entrepreneurial Education in Practice, and the Outward Looking School. In addition to this, the LEED Programme has recently completed a case study review of entrepreneurship support in the Tunisian vocational training system. The report for this project is now available here. Read more…

 

CASE STUDIES

The case of Medellín, Colombia
The project provides recommendations to the city of Medellin to support the development of the local economy. It includes a focus on how the innovative environment can be strengthened to support inclusion, entrepreneurship, SMEs, and local development and how local initiatives can be better integrated with national policies. The review is carried out by the LEED Trento Centre and developed in co-operation with Ruta N (Medellin) and EAFIT University, a LEED partner. Read more...

The co-operative model in Trentino
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 potentially stimulate. This case study, carried out by the LEED Trento Centre, identifies the key features of the Trentino co-operative model. Read more...

How to support strategies in Southern Italian regions through the areas of cultural attraction
The OECD LEED Trento Centre is assisting the Ministry of Culture, Heritage and Tourism (MIBACT) in the promotion and support of social and economic development  activities in Southern Italian Regions (Calabria, Campania, Apulia and Sicily) through the valorisation of their cultural, natural and landscape attractions. Read more...

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

  • 24-25 June 2015: 11th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development (Manchester, United Kingdom)

 

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