OECD LEED has identified themes, such as entrepreneurship, innovation and partnership, which have then become mainstream. Its mission is to contribute to the creation of more and better jobs through effective policy implementation, innovative practices, stronger capacities and integrated strategies at the local level. Since its establishment, LEED has advised governments and communities on how to respond to economic change and tackle complex problems in a fast‐changing world. It draws on a comparative analysis of experience from some 50 countries in the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Europe in fostering economic growth, employment and inclusion.
Created in the 1980s to help tackle unemployment, the LEED (Local Economic and Employment Development) is operated separately from OECD’s main activities funded by the Member States of OECD. LEED has regions and cities as its main members and operates at the sub national level.