Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

2nd Summer school for local administrators on local development strategies and European projects


3-7 September 2018 Zovello di Ravascletto, Italy

Organised by the OECD Trento Centre - at the initiative of NextPA


In recent years, the Municipalities of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (NE Italy) have faced the challenge of mutual cooperation. This is not just in the organisation and provision of services for citizens, but also in jointly designing and implementing socio-economic development policies at the wide area level. Faced with this challenge, the Summer School for young administrators was conceived as an opportunity for participants to elaborate specifically on territorial development to be exercised by the municipalities, taking into consideration both their territorial development plans and the related "Agreements for development" negotiated with the regional administration.

Since this is a substantially new function for most local authorities, the Summer School –this being the second edition - intends to offer local administrators / municipal councillors a capacity building and experience sharing platform, enabling them to acquire knowledge in strategic planning and programming, while considering the best use of EU funds.

In doing this, the Summer School is contributing to generating a widespread know-how in the territory that is an enabling precondition to governing local development processes.



The Summer School was conceived as a training opportunity for young municipal administrators to acquire an open mind-set towards innovation on issues of integrated local development and programming. It also acted as a method for designing coherent interventions funded by European funds or other resources in international, national, and regional policies frameworks



The approach proposed in the Summer School was a blending of presentations, working group exercises, case studies analysis, and good practice presentations, outdoor training aiming to foster interaction among participants and develop new and shared knowledge.



The approach was based on a combination of theoretical inputs and practice-oriented working group sessions. A substantial space, during and at the end of each thematic module, was reserved to discussions and open interaction to enable knowledge exchange. Presentations illustrated concepts, models and tools, examples, case studies, and preparatory practical group exercises on development planning and programming. Working groups were facilitated by the experts in order to encourage contribution from all participants.

An outdoor afternoon experimented and reflected on the sense of "teaming up" for a common goal.



Participation was limited to max. 26 attendees from Friuli Venezia Giulia municipalities with a quota reserved to Triveneto (NE Italy). Admission was subject to a selection process after a public call for interest.


Key Content

  • Offer conceptual tools to develop a strategic vision of local development policies in the evolutionary perspective of global mega trends.
  • Provide a framework of knowledge and an integrated approach to place-based development policies.
  • Understand the architecture of EU programmes and relevant local development funding opportunities.
  • Learn how to build a team between administrators, stakeholders and partners to design local development projects.
  • Develop capacity to manage programmes and projects and learn how to evaluate outcomes and impact.

Materials & Information


Agenda  (also in Italian)


Local development challenges and the role of “wide areas” in strategic planning

 (also in Italian)


OECD Contact   



OECD Trento Centre: integrated local development




 At the initiative of

NextPA ‌‌

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