About Us

ILS LEDA is a non-profit association legally constituted in 2015,
composed of international experts and Local Economic Development Agencies (LEDA) from 17 countries of the world.

The OECD recognizes us as one of the most effective international organizations to deal with the Local Economic Development Agencies.

ILS LEDA began its activities in 1998 as part of international development programmes managed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) at the beginning, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) afterwards.

Since 1990 our staff has been working in 26 countries and 72 local territories around the world through several programmes funded by the European Union, the United Nations, the Italian Cooperation and the private sector, etc.
In this framework, among the different activities carried out, ILS LEDA has directly and indirectly supported the creation of 70 LEDA.
61 of these LEDA are now part of the International Network of ILS LEDA.

ILS LEDA currently is also part of the KIP International School.

What We Do

What We Do

ILS LEDA support local, national and international organizations in improving territorial economies, with the aim of achieving just and inclusive sustainable human development, by:

  • Strengthening participatory governance
  • Facilitating bottom-up socio-economic development strategies and plans
  • Inspiring innovative and sustainable instruments for implementing these strategies and plans, such as Local Economic Development Agencies
  • Accompanying the elaboration of territorial marketing strategies
  • Building capacities and professional abilities for managing territorial economic development processes
ILS LEDA coordinates the International Network of Local Economic Development Agencies made up of 61 LEDA from 17 countries in the world.

The LEDA are structures whose members are public, private, social and community organizations of a given territory. They are self-sufficient, non-profit entities capable of providing services for competitive, sustainable and human development for disadvantaged people, local businesses, public administrations, NGOs and other local organizations.

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to spread awareness about the importance of local development as an instrument for making the world more liveable, with more social justice and less inequality, through inspiring and helping people to find the best solution adapted to their socio-economic and cultural contexts.

Our goal is to be one of the world’s leading providers of services for sustainable and human local economic development, through creating and customising unique and user-friendly participatory solutions of superior quality and value.

Our Focus

Our Focus

Our proposal for Local Economic Development (LED) focuses mainly on the following main pillars:

  • Economic development as an instrument for improving people’s living conditions
  • The valorization of local resources as a fundamental element of territorial economic development
  • The United Nations 2030 development goals, mainly combining economic, social and environmental factors
  • The human being as the main actor of development, and, accordingly, people’s participation in the overall development cycle
  • Gender equality as an unavoidable opportunity for high-quality and long-term development
  • Small and medium enterprises, and cooperatives networked in value chains as the backbone of development
  • Harmonization of the elaboration and implementation of strategic plans
  • Self-sustainable, participatory instruments for providing support and for operationalizing the strategies, such as the LEDA
  • Linking local strategies and plans with public policies at the national level

Added Values

Our added values are:

  • A long term experience working on Local Economic Development
  • A Comprehensive approach linking national and local policies, economic and socio-cultural development, economic competitiveness and socio-environmental sustainability
  • A Participatory approach, through involving all the local actors in the decision making process and implementation sustainable strategies for LED
  • The high value of being empathetic with the local actors, always considered as strategic partners during the planning and implementation of the actions
  • Facilitation of Territorial Partnerships at international level

This websites utilizes "cookies" in order to work properly.
By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.