“This year marks the 40th anniversary of the LEED Programme. Borne out of a previous job crisis, LEED has always worked at the cutting edge of local development, taking on topics such as women’s entrepreneurship, the social economy, skills use, and culture before they became mainstream. Today, as we emerge from another crisis, LEED has never been so relevant. To respond to today’s challenges and those ahead, LEED will continue to help governments at all levels create good jobs in great places.”

Denis Leamy | Chair of the OECD LEED Directing Committee



On 15-17 June, the 2022 edition of the OECD Local Development Forum will debate the issues needed to create “Better strategies for stronger communities".


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OECD Local Development Forum 15-17 June 2022, Cork, Ireland

On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the OECD’s Local Employment and Economic Development programme, the 2022 edition of the OECD Local Development Forum will debate the issues needed to create “Better strategies for stronger communities. Join us on 15-17 June in Cork and take part in this important discussion.

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A brief history

Four decades ago, OECD governments were facing a jobs crisis. As the 1982 OECD Economic Outlook described, “the rise in unemployment over the last three years has been severe, and in Europe, it has seemed inexorable”.

In response, the French government proposed the creation of a new programme to learn from the types of innovative approaches to local job creation that were appearing across OECD countries, particularly in light of entrenched challenges in some communities.

Twelve countries plus the Commission of the European Communities joined the call, and the OECD Co-operative Action Programme on Local Employment and Economic Development was born.

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