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ILS LEDA supports local, national and international organizations to enhance territorial economies, aimed at achieving fair, human, inclusive and sustainable development.
ILS LEDA is recognized by OECD as one of the most effective international organizations in dealing with Local Economic Development Agencies (click here to learn more), and it is member of the KIP INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL.
ILS LEDA has 25 years' experience in:
  • STRATEGIC VALORIZATION OF TERRITORIAL RESOURCES, for providing long term competitiveness, and social and environmental sustainability, while enabling to elaborate development strategies.
  • CREATION OF STRUCTURES FOR IMPLEMENTING LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, such as the Local Economic Development Agencies (LEDAs): original, public private, no profit, and self-sustainable structures, providing customized services to local population, entrepreneurs, local administrations, and NGO. ILS LEDA has supported the creation of 62 LEDAs allover the world, and coordinates their global network.
  • SUPPORT TO THE LEDAs, through assigning the IQUAL quality label for assessing and improving their performance focused on human development. Counselling at distance, and customized capacity building are also provided.
  • SUPPORT TO NATIONAL POLICIES FOR LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, for building regulatory frameworks for territorial economic development in order to manage fight against poverty, inclusive growth, gender equality, migration, SMME development, economic governance, green economy, etc.
  • TERRITORIAL MARKETING, through defining the territorial personality, identifying its image, and setting communication strategies.
  • INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS, through facilitating south-south and south-north alliances for twinning, joint projects and actions.
  • TRAINING, by offering different kind of products, such as ONE-WEEK INTENSIVE COURSES, PAQUINOTT (distance training courses on Local Economic Development, specially for workers and people having no much time for learning); WEBINARS (4 hours customized distance training, combining lectures and online exercises in the ILS LEDA virtual classroom); WIQUIL (3 months distance training combining lectures, individual study, exercises and strong interactions teacher-student and student-student).
  • 25 YEAR EXPERIENCE on the field through working for UNDP, UNOPS, ILO, UN-Women, European Union, UN-Habitat, National and local Governments, private sector.
  • COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH linking national and local policies, economic and socio-cultural development, economic competitiveness and socio-environmental sustainability
  • PARTICIPATORY APPROACH, through involving all the local actors in the decision making processes and implementing sustainable strategies for local economic development (LED)

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