Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

ITALY: Developing local development strategies for remote, peripheral areas - Trentino


The OECD Trento Centre for Local Development is working with the Autonomous Province of Trento and the Italian government’s Committee in charge of the National Strategy for Inner Areas.

Purpose of the project is to strengthen capacities to conceive and implement integrated local development strategies aimed at improving the quality of life and well-being of people and reversing demographic trends in ‘inner areas’ (sparsely populated areas and stranded communities isolated from large and medium-sized urban centres). The implications of the local development strategies encompass a range of policy domains, including education, health, accessibility, labour market and economic development.

Implementation period: February 2016 - December 2019


Target areas

The work initiated in 2016 to help design a strategy for the pilot area of Tesino (Trento), that was approved for funding in November 2017.  Subsequently the project has been expanded in 2017 to the area of Val di Sole, which preliminary strategy was submitted to the Italian government’s Committee for Inner Areas in the course of the year. The final strategy for this second area is planned to be elaborated until the second half of the current year.

Working components

This analysis will serve as a background for:

  • workshops with national and local stakeholders to share OECD experiences and case study analysis on local development planning, strategy formulation and priority setting, in particular dealing with rural local contexts;
  • identification of recommendations for local strategies;
  • seminars to exchange information and practices and develop capacities of stakeholders involved in the national Inner Areas strategy and OECD delegates facing similar issues.

The Trento Centre will extract lessons for the OECD from the Inner Areas strategy experience and disseminate through capacity building seminars and a working paper outlining main lessons learned.

Support work included so far:

  • ad-hoc joint working sessions with Autonomus Province of Trento staff on local development planning and strategy formulation;
  • attendance to local meetings with the stakeholders for priority action setting in each of the target areas;
  • draft documents review and recommendations;
  • specific input provision along the process of strategy design;
  • methodological support on technical strategy formulation methodology;
  • participation in meetings and briefings with the national authority in charge of the coordination of the «National Strategy for Internal Areas»;
  • case study analysis and networking with other relevant local experiences.


The strategy for Tesino was prepared and approved back in November 2017; the relevant financial agreement is expected to be signed until mid-2018.

In Val di Sole, study visits were conducted in 2017. Technical meetings with local stakeholderes were held in 2017 and further ones are planned for 2018. The preliminary strategy draft has being delivered in July 2017 and the final complete strategy is expected to be submitted and the relevant financial agreement approved by end 2018.


OECD Contact

Paolo Rosso



Integrated local development