The 4th World Forum of Local Economic Development will be held in Praia, Cabo Verde, from 17 – 20 October 2017.
This event is part of an open working process, started in 2011, which promotes an international dialogue and shares experiences on Local Economic Development (LED). It provides the opportunity to transform a global alliance of engaged actors into concrete partnerships at the country and local level.
Its remarkable potential stems from the large number of diverse leaders and practitioners from national and subnational governments, the private sector, academia, civil society and others. They work together to stimulate policies for sustainable local development – to achieve their ultimate implementation on the ground.
The Forum will constitute a platform for dialogue on key issues such as poverty eradication, employment and decent work, sustainable entrepreneurship, multi-stakeholder partnerships, including the involvement of civil society, workers’ and employers’ organizations. Ultimately, it will analyse how the LED approach stands out as an operational and strategic approach to localize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.
The forum is an ongoing process, which culminates every two years with a world event. It began in 2011 in Seville, Spain, with the first edition of the World Forum of Local Economic Development. The second edition followed in 2013 in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, and the third edition was held in 2015 in Turin, Italy.
Regional forums, side events and training activities are an integral part of this process. For instance, Quito, Ecuador hosted the First Regional Forum of Local Economic Development for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2015 and the second edition will convene from 28 – 31 March 2017 in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba, Bolivia.