Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Capacity building activities and networks at the OECD Trento Centre


Building effective capacity at local level is crucial to strive with new local development challenges and create sustainable, inclusive and resilient local economies and communities 


  • What’s the issue?

Designing and implementing effective local development strategies is not a straightforward task. Local leaders and organisations need specialised expertise along with conducive institutional settings to assess local needs and choose the right mix of policies, programmes and financial instruments to address them. Likewise, effectively coordinating with local stakeholders and other levels of government requires a specific skillset. Gaps in any of these areas can derail even the best-laid plans.

The Trento Centre works directly with local leaders to build the capacities needed to make their communities more inclusive, sustainable and resilient. Through almost two decades of experience, it has developed a unique and highly interactive approach to capacity building, blending the latest OECD research with practice-oriented sessions.

In its academies, trainings, webinars, workshops and conferences, participants learn from international experts and speakers, but also through concrete examples and “field visits” to local initiatives.

Breaking down institutional barriers and fostering peer-to-peer learning are prodromal to sharing good practices and improving systems. By bringing insights from OECD work to thousands of local policy makers and practitioners – and helping them build the skills to act accordingly – the Trento Centre helps to transform research into local development.


  • What can the OECD offer?
  • Trainings and tailored activities to strengthen the skills needed to develop, manage and evaluate local development strategies.
  • Peer-to-peer learning opportunities to learn from an international network of local development professionals.
  • Support for developing vibrant community of practices and learning- enhancement tools.


Capacity building networks

Summer academy on cultural and creative industries and local development (SACCI)


SACCI targets national and international policy makers and practitioners active in the promotion of and support to creative cultural sectors at the local, regional, national and international level, as well as cultural and creative entrepreneurs.



Summer school for community and local development in Latin America and the Caribbean 


This summer school helps public and private actors leverage territorial assets that can fuel local development in the LAC countries.



Summer school on local development strategies and European projects 


This summer school provides an opportunity for local administrators in Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (Italy) and the North-East of Italy to acquire essential knowledge and tools to guide sustainable development of the territory.




Building local governance capacity for the future of sustainable tourism


The tourism sector is widely recognised as a driver of local economic development. This capacity building activity offers opportunities to exchange practices and experiences among practitioners to ensure sustainability and new approaches in both policy making and governance.



Capacity building activities and networking events

OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: 7th Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development
1-4 July 2024 | Trento, Italy

WEBINARS: Dialogues with the OECD (in Italian only)
May-November 2024 | DIGITAL

WORKSHOP: Embracing Universal Civil Service: a dialogue on Italy's youth employment opportunities
6 February 2024 | DIGITAL & Trento, Italy (Italian only)

WINTER SCHOOL: Navigating the future of regional development
16, 23 Jan & 26-29 Feb 2024 | DIGITAL & Utrecht, The Netherlands

WORKSHOP: Disrupting tradition - How digital technology is changing the cultural and creative processes
29 September 2023 | Trento, Italy

SUMMER ACADEMY: Cultural and creative industries and local development - 6th edition
18-20 September 2023| DIGITAL & 27-29 September 2023 | Trento, Italy

SUMMER SCHOOL: Community and local development in Latin America and the Caribbean - 13th edition
13 Jun-7 Jul & 23-29 Jul 2022| DIGITAL & Trento, Italy (Spanish only)

WEBINARS: Dialogues with the OECD (in Italian only)
17 May & 7 June & 20 September & 11 October 2023 | DIGITAL

WORKSHOP: The green transition - What role for regional public employment services?
12 May 2023 | Trento, Italy

WINTER SCHOOL: Smart Specialisation for competitiveness, sustainability and resilient local development | 1st edition
28 February - 2 March 2023 | Trento, Italy

SUMMER ACADEMY: Cultural and creative industries and local development - 5th edition
18-21 September 2022 | DIGITAL & 26-28 September 2022 | Trento, Italy

SUMMER SCHOOL: Local development strategies and European projects - 6th edition
28 August - 2 September 2022 | Paluzza (UD), Italy

SUMMER SCHOOL: Community and local development in Latin America and the Caribbean - 12th edition
13 Jun-13 Jul & 24-29 Jul 2022 | DIGITAL & Trento, Italy (Spanish only)

CONFERENCE: Rethinking local development strategies in light of COVID-19
17 May 2022 | Trento, Italy

CONFERENCE: SMEs and the Urban Fabric | second edition
28-29 April 2022 | Trento, Italy

WORKSHOP: Managing local development - Governance, leadership and networks
28 April - 1 May 2022 | Paluzza (UD), Italy

WEBINAR: Building capacities for enhanced productivity in the co-operative sector in Italy
1 December 2021 | DIGITAL

WEBINAR: The impact of remote working on Trentino households. Current trends and future scenarios
30 November 2021 | DIGITAL | Italian only

WEBINAR: Heritage, responsible cultural tourism, and sustainable development
26 November 2021 | DIGITAL

WEBINAR: Heritage as a driver for new local creative entrepreneurship
29 October 2021 | DIGITAL

SUMMER ACADEMY: Cultural and creative industries and local development - 4th edition
27-30 September 2021 | DIGITAL 

SUMMER SCHOOL: Local development strategies and European projects - 5th Edition
23 June-11 September 2021 | DIGITAL 

WEBINAR: The Internationalisation of Smart Specialisation Strategies
28 June 2021 | DIGITAL  

WEBINAR: Cultural heritage and social cohesion - How to make the local community more cohesive and inclusive
26 May 2021 | DIGITAL

WEBINAR: Firms and workers at the crossroad - Automation and market power
7 May 2021 | DIGITAL - Italian language  

ITALY: The strategic challenges of post-COVID-19 building back better at local level 
February 2021 - December 2021

ITALY: A capacity building initiative on start-up visas worldwide
February 2021 - May 2021

All previous activities




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