In cooperation with governments, civil society organisations and knowledge institutes in various countries, we offer practice-oriented training programmes that are made by and for people involved in local governance. Our approach is characterised by an active participation in our training programmes: seeing, doing, discussing and exchanging.
The Hague Academy for Local Governance was ranked the second most innovative startup by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Our programmes include:
- Visits to projects and best practices of private and public sector organisations relevant to the topic of the training;
- Skills development by participating in role play, game simulations, and interactive theatre;
- Reflection on the impact of local government policies on local communities with the help of university professors and citizen experts;
- Linking what has been learned to the context and daily practice in the participants’ home countries.
Our experience is that this practical and active approach is more effective and sustainable than the traditional classroom training. As Confucius once said, “Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand.”
Our training results are sustained by a thorough assessment of the local context and training needs, daily wrap-up sessions, homework assignments, Training Of Trainers-modules and a continuous exchange of experiences through our online network.
We see participants going home inspired and motivated for the development process in their home country. Moreover, participants make contacts with colleagues from other countries that often continue to exist long after the training has ended.