The Hague Academy for Local Governance specialises in local governance and decentralisation in developing and transitional countries. Most of all, the Academy provides high-quality, practice-oriented training courses and study visits.

Established by VNG International in 2006, and with the support of the municipality of The Hague, The Academy is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation.

“We believe that real development starts at a local level.” 

The Hague Academy is recognised as a leading institution on local governance innovation. This includes a global network of local government practitioners. The expert-led trainings focus on real life situations and address the challenges that participants identify from their daily work. Moreover, the training programmes give participants the opportunity to 1) meet professional colleagues from abroad; 2) exchange experiences from varied contexts; and 3) relate to practice the lessons learned in their respective home countries.

In addition, the Academy’s Talent for Governance programme supports young, results-oriented civil servants in developing and transitional countries. It does this through scholarships and an online network of civil servants representing more than 30 countries.

For a review of our past work, please refer to the annual reports (PDFs) from 2015, 2014 and 2013.