Build your local development capacities

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a multi-disciplinary inter-governmental organisation of 34 member countries which engages in its work an increasing number of non-members from all regions of the world. The Organisation’s core mission today is to help governments work together towards a stronger, cleaner, fairer global economy. Through its network of 250 specialised committees and working groups, the OECD provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice, and co-ordinate domestic and international policies.

Through its activities the OECD LEED Trento Centre seeks to provide policy advice and develop capacities for the effective design and implementation of policies that are tailored to local needs and focused on the key drivers of local economic growth and well-being in OECD Member and non Member countries.

Trento Centre objectives are:

  • To improve the quality of public policy implemented at the local level through continuous monitoring and assessment of current practices and by using the results of comparative research and studies in the making of policy recommendations;
  • To promote innovation in local economic and employment development across the globe;
  • To develop capacity in the design, implementation and evaluation of local economic and employment development strategies to help grow local economies in OECD member and non-OECD member countries;
  • To strengthen the relationship between policy makers, local development practitioners and the scientific community and to facilitate the transfer of expertise and exchange of experience between OECD member and non-member economies.

So far the Trento Centre has issued more than fifty policy reviews, studies, guides and manuals; it has organised over one hundred of conferences, seminars and workshops; over 11,000 local development policy makers and practitioners have benefited from the Trento Centre capacity development programme.


July 08, 2013

Seminar: Supporting Ukraine’s agribusiness SMEs (Source: OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development)

Capacity building seminar: Supporting the competitiveness of Ukraine’s agribusiness SMEs (Trento, Italy)


June 27, 2013

Seminar: Developing inclusive entrepreneurship strategies

Capacity building seminar: Developing inclusive entrepreneurship strategies - Entrepreneurial activities in Europe (Brussels, Belgium) Read full article

March 15, 2013

Seminar: Evaluation of SMEs in Israel

Evaluation of programmes for the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises (Jerusalem, Israel) Read full article

March 08, 2013

International Summer School - 4th edition

International Summer School for cooperation and local development on “Community and local development: building strategies for local development”, Trento, Italy. Read full article

March 08, 2013

OECD Report: Boosting local entrepreneurship in Lombardy

Boosting local entrepreneurship and enterprise creation in Lombardy Region. The review includes a specific assessment of local entrepreneurship policies in Lombardy against the framework of the European Union’s Small Business Act (SBA). Read full article

November 27, 2012

OECD Report: Local Job Creation - Trento Labour Agency

How employment and training agencies can help - The Labour Agency of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy) Read full article

October 09, 2012

Study visit: Demographic change and ageing in Austria

Study visit: Partnership strategies for demographic change and ageing (Province of Carinthia, Austria) Read full article

October 09, 2012

Workshop: Supporting local economic&employment development

Workshop: Government approaches to supporting local economic and employment development (Riga, Latvia) Read full article

October 09, 2012

Seminar:Developing tourism outside of established localities

Capacity building seminar: Developing tourism outside of established localities (Trento, Italy) - 3rd Edition Read full article

October 09, 2012

9th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships

9th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance (Dublin-Kilkenny, Ireland) Read full article

May 30, 2012

Seminar: Financing business start-up

Capacity building seminar on "Financing business start-up by under-represented groups", Trento, Italy Read full article

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OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development
Vicolo San Marco 1
38122 Trento-Italy
Tel: +39 0461 277600     
Fax: +39 0461 277650
Email: leed.trento@oecd.org

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