Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Italy: The strategic challenges of post-COVID-19 building back better at local level


The project, elaborated by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development in co-operation with the Regional Association of the Municipalities of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy (ANCI FVG) and ComPA Foundation FVG, aims, through the organisation of a series of webinars and a complementing set of activities, to jointly reflect and share information and knowledge on relevant topics with administrators of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Municipalities preparing them to seize the emerging opportunities and to deal with the evolving challenges.

Implementation period: February 2021 - December 2021

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Context and objective of the Project

In 2017, an active collaboration between ANCI FVG (Regional Association of the Municipalities of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy), ComPA FVG and the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development was established to develop a continuous process of capacity and skills building for local administrators in Friuli Venezia Giulia on policies, strategies, programmes and projects for local, integrated and sustainable development.

The basis of this collaboration, which over the years has been consolidated and articulated in various actions stemming from the four editions of the Summer School for local administrators in Friuli Venezia Giulia, was the observation that local administrators face increasingly demanding social and economic challenges in developing their communities, businesses and local civil society. Very often, local administrators lack the tools to act efficiently and effectively.

Local administrators are called to play an active and propulsive role in the development and delivery of services for their community, identifying innovative solutions. Indeed, the growing complexity of today's reality, globalisation and, most recently, the pandemic that is having devastating effects on many aspects of life, urgently require a solid and timely response from the local authority.

These challenges are many and often closely interconnected. There is a need to identify new ways of managing and delivering local services, to strengthen the capacity to access European programming funds (new cohesion 21-27, Next Generation EU, etc.), to develop strategic visions so to enable taking urgently needed actions but at the same time ensuring medium- and long-term benefits. For that purpose is urgent to build the capacity to work with local public, private and civil society stakeholders as well as to ensure greater efficiency and effectiveness in dialogue with other levels of public administration (regional, national and European).


Strengthen the role of ANCI FVG, by proposing to local authorities strategic guidelines for the future as the basis for an authoritative dialogue with regional institutions and Friuli Venezia Giulia's stakeholders.

To offer the ANCI FVG mayors structured opportunities for reflection in order to develop a shared awareness and to define ways of measuring the capacity of the Municipalities to give adequate answers to the requests for recovery emerging from citizens, enterprises and intermediate social bodies of the territories.

Expected results

  • Activation of a reflection process involving all governing bodies of ANCI on the future of the local authorities in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
  • Joint definition of strategic guidelines and concrete actions to formulate projects and legislative proposals to regional institutions.
  • Drawing up a document containing strategic guidelines on the future of local authorities to be pursued in the coming years.

Methodological approach

The OECD and ComPA FVG have successfully developed and tested over the last four years the methodological approach proposed for the implementation of the Project, consisting in the organisation of a series of webinars and a complementing set of activities. The approach is built on the following elements:

  • Focus on methods and tools, through active involvement of Italian and international OECD experts, with in-depth knowledge of the topics covered and familiarity with the municipality's organisation;
  • Construction of contents based on shared experiences among participants;
  • Blending theoretical knowledge with interactions and participatory workshops to deliver a practice-oriented learning;
  • Promotion of a climate conducive to discussion and open exchange among participants. 


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