Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Boosting local jobs

Since 1982, the OECD Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) offers best practice on how to create more and better quality jobs through effective policy implementation and local initiatives. 

Better targeted policies locally can boost economic growth and resilience. Empowering local employers and investing in a skilled workforce which is less expendable and more adaptable to change can contribute to productivity growth and the creation of new jobs. 

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Employment & Skills

How can national and local policies be better aligned and tailored to specific local opportunities and challenges? 



How can entrepreneurship help create new jobs, counter job losses and offer people interesting career opportunities?


Social Economy

How can cooperatives, associations and foundations reduce inequalities while creating economic value?


Culture & Jobs

How can cultural heritage and creative industries become a source of local growth and job creation? 


Capacity building

The Trento Centre, the LEED Forum and ESSSA offer practical guidance for practioners on policy implementation.


14th LEED Forum

18-19 September 2018, Porto, Portugal. 

Registrations are now open, join us!


Latest reports

Employment and Skills Strategies in Turkey

21 October 2017 - This report includes practical policy examples of actions taken in Turkey to help workers find better quality jobs, while also boosting productivity and inclusion.


Employment and Skills Strategies in Slovenia

4 September 2017 - This report includes practical policy examples of actions taken in Slovenia to help workers find better quality jobs, while also stimulating productivity and inclusion.


Better Use of Skills in the Workplace

2 November 2017 - This joint OECD-ILO report provides a comparative analysis of case studies focusing on improving skills use in the workplace across eight countries. The examples provide practical ways for employers to act at the local level.


Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship opportunities

16 June 2017 - This joint OECD-ILO publication provides guidance on how local and regional governments can foster business-education partnerships in apprenticeship programmes. 


Boosting Social Enterprise Development

21 April 2017 - This compendium derives policy lessons for boosting social enterprises from the analysis of 20 initiatives in several EU member-countries, covering a range of policy areas from legal frameworks and finance to skills.


Policy Brief on Scaling the Impact of Social Enterprises

2016 - This policy brief compares the scaling patterns of social enterprises and conventional enterprises and provides concrete examples of strategies.




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General information

For general information about the LEED programme, please contact sylvain.giguere@oecd.org.