Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

International Conference: Economic inclusion, public policies and local development (Quito, Ecuador)





Quito, Ecuador, 16-17 December 2010


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After several years of experimentation and implementation of inclusive policies and economic inclusion projects, it is timely to share lessons learned, experiences and theories in order to generate knowledge that will enable these models to reach further scales. 

The event

This 2-day international event gathered representatives from Latin American countries that have developed and implemented innovative policies of economic inclusion. It will be a space for exchanging experiences on methods of implementation and development of these policies in different sectors. Some OECD member countries will present their experiences, giving the possibility to share and exchange on different models of economic inclusion. The conference will have 3 activities:

1. Conference (1st day): Confronting theory with reality in public policy issues with a focus on economic inclusion, and its application in specific approaches such as inclusive businesses, social enterprises and public policies.

2. Workshops (2nd day): During the second day, seminars and workshops took place around the central theme of the conference.  To complete and deepen the understanding of the topics, these workshops looked at:

  • New technologies for Inclusion
  • CSR and Inclusive Businesses
  • Capacity building and Inclusive Businesses
  • Practical cases of Inclusive Businesses
  • Economic inclusion and globalisation

3. Knowledge Fair. For the duration of the event, a 2-day ‘knowledge fair’ was open to the audience where businesses, NGOs and governmental bodies with share their experiences in economic inclusion.


The aim of the event was to demonstrate with concrete examples and reflect on the close relationship between public policy, local development and inclusive business. This was illustrated notably by the example of the Ecuadorian government who incorporated in 2007 the concept of inclusive business into the national public policy agenda with a target to create a quarter of a million new jobs.  The event also raised awareness on the importance of supporting this kind of initiatives for economic development.

Expected outcomes

This 2-day event will build a network of contacts and discussions on economic inclusion and public policies for public and private sector development.  The aim is to create, enhance and implement effective public policies for economic inclusion and local development.


The event gathered national and international experts in the field of economic development, public policies and Inclusive Businesses.  Key personalities confirmed include President Rafael Correa (Ecuador), Minister Ramon Espinel (MAGAP) together with other Ministers of State, as well as the Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development, Sergio Arzeni. 


The conference was organised by the Government of Ecuador through the Ministry of Agriculture (MAGAP) and the Ministry of Social Development (MCDS).  It iwas co-organized with the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme, the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) and the Inclusive Business Alliance (SNV and WBCSD).


300 participants took part in this event, including representatives from the business sector, policy-makers, academics, NGOs and civil society from Ecuador, Latin America and OECD countries .


Practical information

  • Venue: Auditorium of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Quito.
  • Fees: No participation fees. Participants are responsible for their travel and related costs.
  • Registration is mandatory to enter the conference venue.  Space is limited.  To register, please send an e-mail no later than 10 December 2010.
  • Interpretation: English-Spanish.
  • Website: visit the official website of the event (only in Spanish).


 For further information on this and other activities in Latin America, please contact Ms Gabriela Miranda from the OECD Secretariat.


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