Collaboration with the OECD

Pobal works closely with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme and has been Ireland’s Delegate to LEED since 2011.

LEED is a unit within the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. Its mission is to contribute to the creation of more and better jobs through effective policy implementation, innovative practices, stronger capacities and integrated local strategies.  During this time, Pobal has influenced the direction of LEED’s work and disseminated key learnings back to Government Departments.

Pobal has worked in partnership with LEED to develop a number of high profile Irish reports including Employment and Skills Strategies in Ireland (2014) and Weaving Together Policies for Social Inclusion in Ireland (2016).  Pobal also contributed to the development of a joint OECD-European Commission online tool, The Better Entrepreneurship Policy Tool, which is designed to assist policy makers to better support social enterprises and job creation.

Pobal established a LEED Dissemination Network which meets quarterly to discuss recent OECD research outputs and to prepare national level inputs on Irish policy developments to report back to the OECD.

The Network consists of representatives from a range of government departments, national agencies and local/regional authorities, and seeks to strengthen cross-government and agency working and improve the dissemination of international learning.

For more information on the work of LEED and the OECD see here.