OECD Trento Centre

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We provide policy advice and develop capacities for the effective design and implementation of policies that are tailored to local needs and focused on the key drivers of local economic growth and well-being in OECD Member and non-Member countries

Putting research into action

The OECD Trento Centre for Local Development uses a holistic “from data to practice” approach to policies for sustainable development to offer local policy analysis, advice and capacity building activities for improved policy implementation. The analytical framework revolves around the implications of economic trends and policies for peoplefirms and places

The Trento Centre was established by the OECD, the Italian Government and the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy) in 2003 and it is an integral part of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities.

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Areas of work

Data analysis and research

Today, OECD countries face two major productivity challenges, decreasing growth and increasing inequality. How can regional, rural and urban policy help find a more inclusive and dynamic system for economic growth?

The Spatial Productivity Lab

Policy analysis and advice

Analysing the effects of public policies at subnational level is essential to inform place-based development agendas. How to reinforce the knowledge of local employment and economic development policies and practices?

Fostering co-operation with subnational governments

Capacity building

Capacity building is creating, developing and strengthening the abilities of organisations, communities and individuals to confront challenges and achieve goals. How to work collectively across institutional lines and policy silos and develop synergies?  

Capacity bulding activities and networks



SUMMER ACADEMY: 6th Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development
18-20 September 2023 DIGITAL & 27-29 September 2023 | Trento, Italy

SUMMER SCHOOL: Community and local development in Latin America and the Caribbean - 13th edition
13 Jun-7 Jul & 23-29 Jul 2023| DIGITAL & Trento, Italy (Spanish only)

WEBINARS: Dialogues with the OECD (in Italian only)
17 May & 7 June & 20 September & 11 October 2023 | DIGITAL

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The OECD LEED Trento Centre is supported by the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy) and the Autonomous Region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol (Italy)