What is the OECD Local Development Forum?

The OECD Local Development Forum is a community of thousands of individuals worldwide, united by their shared commitment to making their communities more resilient, inclusive and sustainable. It brings together representatives of regional and national governments, employment and training agencies, economic and community development agencies, chambers of commerce, social innovators, businesses and NGOs. Through its events and online resources, the Forum serves as a venue for peer learning, disseminating local innovations and best practices at the global level, and bringing the OECD’s work beyond ministries to local communities.

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P.L.A.C.E.S. - Providing Local Actors with Case Studies, Evidence and Solutions

As part of the OECD’s Local Development Forum, the new P.L.A.C.E.S. web portal is a searchable library of best practices from communities across the world, as well as policy briefs with the latest OECD evidence on key topics related to local development. 

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The OECD Local Development Forum is part of the OECD Local Employment and Economic Programme (LEED)
within the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities.

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