The most fundamental challenges of cities-big and small-are linked to their capacity to generate wealth and economic opportunities. The economic vibrancy and resilience of cities largely determine their ability to deal with a host of other development issues including fighting poverty and absorbing population influx. What ever is the context and triggering point, the case for local economic development is strong. The question is how to do it.
The Local Economic Development (LED) series is a resource for local governments, businesses and civil society organizations to help them initiate and implement local economic development interventions through a strategic planning process. The series, a joint publication of UN-HABITAT and EcoPlan International, is comprised of Four Volumes;These publications are also available in Portuguese and French.
Volume 1 - Quick Guide: an overview of the LED Series [download]
Volume 2 - Manual: LED concepts and a 10-step planning process [download]
Volume 3 - Toolkit: tools to support the planning process [download]
Volume 4 - Action Guide: action ideas and case studies [download]
Volume 5 - Trainer's Guide [download]