It was time to emerge from behind our screens! We met in Cork to reflect on how to improve the quality of local jobs, better leverage community assets and expand economic opportunities and inclusion to create places where all can thrive
About the event
Beyond the shockwaves of COVID-19 and the humanitarian, social and economic pressures sparked by Russia’s large scale aggression against Ukraine, broader shifts such as the green transition, digitalisation and demographic change are fundamentally changing the communities where people live, work, create and consume. These changes bring both opportunities and challenges such as the changing geography of jobs and a need to massively rethink and ramp up our skills systems to keep pace with these changes. While these shifts may seem unprecedented, this is not the first time that communities have undergone transformational changes.
What can be learned from how communities have managed such transformations in the past, and what innovative approaches are communities taking to help all places and people emerge stronger and more resilient, together?
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Who we are
The OECD Local Development Forum
The OECD Local Development Forum is a network of thousands of individuals worldwide, united by their shared commitment to making their communities more resilient, inclusive and sustainable. It counts members from over 70 countries, representing city, regional and national governments, employment and training agencies, chambers of commerce, social innovators, start-ups, businesses and NGOs.Find out more
The Local Development Forum is part of the OECD’s Local Employment and Economic Development programme (LEED).
The 40th Anniversary
The OECD’s Local Employment and Economic Development programme (LEED)
The OECD’s Local Employment and Economic Development programme (LEED) provides practical solutions for how to create good jobs in great places. It was launched in 1982, when OECD governments were struggling to provide solutions to the jobs crisis of the day and saw a need for an international forum to share innovative approaches to local job creation, social inclusion and economic development. Since then, it has continued to bring together policymakers and practitioners from around the world to identify, evaluate and disseminate promising approaches to local development.Find out more
LEED is housed in the OECD Centre for SMEs, Entrepreneurship, Regions and Cities.