Pobal/OECD & LEED Cooperation

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 the LEED Directing Committee since 2011. LEED is a unit within the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities and 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 Local Job Creation Ireland (2013), Local Development (2014), and Weaving Together Policies for Social Inclusion in Ireland (2016) and contributed to the EC online tool on Social and Inclusive Entrepreneurship (2018).

From 2019 Denis Leamy, former Pobal CEO, will be the Chairperson of the LEED Directing Committee and will oversee the implementation of a new programme of work which tackles areas such as migration, social exclusion, jobless households, ageing and changing labour markets.

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

The Future of Work at the OECD Local Economic Development Forum – Porto

Megatrends related to digitalisation, automation and the ‘gig’ economy are reshaping the way people live and work, as presented at the 14th LEED Forum in September 2018, Porto, Portugal.  A significant proportion of jobs will change or disappear altogether but the new world of work also creates unprecedented opportunities for both people and places to transform society and promote inclusive growth. The transformation of the world of work is raising questions about jobs and life. How many jobs will be destroyed and which new ones will be created? Will they be good ones, with good wages, and opportunities to grow? How will we transition in and out of jobs? Will some local communities be more impacted by these changes than others?

The Forum for Local Development Practitioners, Entrepreneurs, and Social Innovators in September 2018 in Porto brought together over 300 participants from the local, national and international level.  Mayors, employers, social innovators, entrepreneurs, as well as national government leaders, discussed how these megatrends are impacting jobs, workplaces, and local economic development opportunities.