This OECD review series aims to assist local policy makers to develop strategies and programmes that promote the contribution of entrepreneurship and SME growth to local development.
This review of regional policy in Sweden explores the potential for enhanced innovation and entrepreneurship and provides recommendations to strengthen Sweden’s regional development strategies through improved governance mechanisms, both regionally and across levels of government.
The Secretary-General Angel Gurría and a team of OECD experts were in Copenhagen at the UN Summit on Climate Change (7-18 December 2009) to share analysis and policy advice.
The study is exploring ways of allowing policy makers to inject greater flexibility into the management of employment policy at the local level, while ensuring full accountability in relation to meeting national policy goals.
Today, the OECD is actively working with governments to highlight the role of cities to deliver cost-effective policy responses to climate change. Cities are centers of innovation and can advance clean energy systems, sustainable transportation and waste management to reduce greenhouse gases.
OECD research shows that to be successful in today’s knowledge economy, communities need to invest not only in the supply of skills but also in the demand for skills.The new OECD LEED project on “Skills for Competitiveness” will examine the advantages of such demand-side policy interventions.
Many combinations of policies have been employed to stimulate local renewable energy development. These policies include: local governance by authority; providing resources; enabling private actors; leading by example; allowing self-governance. Mega-city mayors, down to small-town officials, have successfully introduced such policies, although these vary with location, local resources and population. Cities, Towns and Renewable Energy – “ Yes In My Front Yard “ includes several case studies chosen to illustrate how enhanced deployment of renewable energy projects can result, regardless of a community’s size or location.
The goals of this report are to inspire city stakeholders by showing how renewable energy systems can benefit citizens and businesses, assist national governments to better appreciate the role that local municipalities might play in meeting national and international objectives, and help accelerate the necessary transition to a sustainable energy future.
OECD at the UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen "COP15"The impact of climate change is defining our lives, economies, and security.
Recently, OECD countries have promoted a new approach to regional policy. This report reviews the main dimensions of this policy shift, drawing on recent work by OECD including analysis of regional data, policy reviews and case studies.
While no country has been spared from the effects of the financial and economic crisis, the diverse impact has been quite evident in Asia. This meeting aimed to strengthen the capacity of local level players to undertake effective employment recovery and skills strategies in response to the cris