Local economic development and clusters

Introduction

Local Economic Development (LED) is a strategy for promoting local economies as a way to fight poverty. LED programs often include elements of service market development and/or value chain development and vice versa. Cluster development refers to specific kind of LED strategies which focus on encouraging and supporting sectoral and geographic agglomerations of inter-connected companies, services and institutions. Support focuses on clusters that are considered to offer the most local economic development potential.

This page provides some key documents and links to information on LED and cluster promotion. Other relevant resources can be found in particular on the DCED Knowledge Page on Industrial Policy and the DCED Value Chains Database.

 

LED and Cluster Promotion

LED

Katalyst

Cluster Promotion

 

Empirical research, LED/Cluster Programmes and case studies

Empirical research

 

LED/ Cluster Programmes and case studies

Better workplace for furniture workers

Methodologies, tools and training on LED and Cluster Promotion

 

Critical perspectives on LED

Comparison of different LED approaches

Comparative perspectives on LED and other private sector development approaches

 

Useful resources

Photo credits

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