LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)

International conferences organised in the framework of the Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance


Hosted by interested countries, conferences provide a platform to debate key issues faced by partnerships.




3rd Working Communities International Congress on "Measuring your strategies - Global and domestic employment perspectives",  Sydney, Australia, 20 - 21 June 2013

The 3rd Working Communities International Congress was hosted by the National Employment Services Association (NESA), the peak body for providers of Australian employment services, in partnership with the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development. The congress aimed to draw on work undertaken since the global financial crisis and review the ways in which job creation and labour market policies and programmes have been implemented to encourage the development of productive communities and economic development in light of the lingering impact of the crisis.







International workshop on "Government approaches to supporting local economic and employment development", Riga, Latvia, 11 October 2012
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. Governments are re-thinking their approaches in supporting local development, seeking ways to achieve maximum local impact and ensure that implementation mechanisms are operating efficiently at a local level. Priority is being given to policy mechanisms and structures which ensure that best practice be embedded in approaches to tackle unemployment, support job creation and stimulate growth at the local level. The event gathered representatives of ministries responsible for regional development and employment from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and selected OECD countries to exchange on approaches that work in addressing these challenges.


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International conference on "Building quality jobs in the recovery", Dublin, Ireland, 13-14 October 2011

This international conference brought together over 200 government officials, business representatives, local partnerships, leaders and social entrepreneurs, experts and academics, to discuss how communities can respond to these pressing labour market problems. The conference reviewed and drew lessons from successful past experiences and innovative solutions available today to identify how labour market policy, skills development and training policies can contribute to sustainable employment creation, through co-ordination with long-term economic development and local strategies.

The event was structured around four thematic issues: (i) long term unemployment; (ii) youth unemployment; (iii) social economy; and (iv) early childhood supports.






2nd Working Communities International Congress on "Uniting to improve social and economic participation", Melbourne, Australia, 24-26 March 2010

The 2nd Working Communities International Congress is hosted by the National Employment Services Association (NESA), the peak body for providers of Australian employment services, in partnership with the OECD LEED Programme.
NESA is a partner of the OECD LEED Programme, and congress delegates will benefit from NESA’s relationship to the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance. The 2010 Congress will explore international policy and innovations to improve global perspectives on addressing unemployment, through social and economic participation. The Congress will be a forum for thought leaders – to share experiences and strategies to broaden perspectives, challenge thinking and inspire innovative solutions – towards the goal of creating healthy, vibrant and sustainable working communities.







1st Working Communities International Congress on "Partnerships for social inclusion", Melbourne, Australia, 15-16 October 2008

Increasing social inclusion requires a joined-up approach that cuts across policy departments. The public sector should re-think the way it operates, moving from a traditional hierarchical model to one characterised by multi-sectoral partnerships and flexibility in policy delivery. These topics were discussed at this conference co-organised by the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne, the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development and the OECD LEED Programme.






Round Table on "Local Governance in Local Development: the Role of Local Development Partnerships", Zagreb, Croatia, 10-11 March 2008

This round table was the conclusive part of the review project "Capacity building for effective partnerships – An active review in Croatia" that the OECD LEED Programme and the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission in Croatia have jointly undertaken since 2007.







Conference on “Development of Skills, Local Development and Partnerships”, Lisbon, Portugal, 10 Decmeber 2007

Within the framework of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union, the Portuguese Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity organised, in partnership with the OECD LEED Programme and the European Commission, a seminar on “Development of Skills, Local Development and Partnerships”.







Conference on "Building Partnerships for Social, Economic and Employment Development", Bucharest, Romania, 8 November 2006

The seminar was jointly organised with the Romanian Ministry of Labour, Social Solidarity and Family. It offered highly interactive sessions and working groups around best practices, and brought together policy makers, partnership managers, local development practitioners, and OECD experts. The event was a unique opportunity to learn about developments in building partnership throughout OECD countries.







Conference on "Governments & communities in partnership: from theory to practice", Melbourne, Australia, 25-26 September 2006

This event brought together key policy makers, community leaders and researchers from around Australia and other OECD countries to deepen the academic and policy debate about the impact and value of efforts to ‘join-up' different public services and related initiatives to strengthen communities. It was organised by the LEED Programme in collaboration with the Centre for Public Policy.




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