Course introduction

After violent conflict, local governments face enormous challenges. For stability and development, it is necessary to improve and maintain citizens’ security, integrate internally displaced persons or ex-combatants into the local community and overcome existing divisions within the society. Citizens will also need access to basic services – such as roads, water, schools and health care – and tangible economic opportunities. Finally, local authorities will often need to regain the trust of their populations.

These issues and challenges for peace building at a local level will be addressed in the two-week course ‘Peacebuilding and Local Governance’, that will be organised in cooperation with the Barcelona International Peace Resource Centre. During the course, we distill lessons from cases in Afghanistan, Burundi, South Sudan and the Balkans, apply theories and concepts to the local context of the participants, and discuss the impact of donor interventions on peace and stability.

Learning objectives

This course will help you to:

  • analyse the state of local governments and the local political economy in fragile or conflict affected countries;
  • judge the impact of local governance and decentralisation on realising a sustainable peace and building state legitimacy;
  • design and implement initiatives aimed at strengthening the capacity of governments in fragile or conflict affected countries;
  • cooperate more effectively with local governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders in peacebuilding and reconstruction programmes.

After successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

This training is designed for

Staff of bilateral donors, multilateral agencies and NGOs, and civil servants working for ministries and local governments, who wish to be well-informed about the local dimensions of peacebuilding in fragile states.

The experts

The courses of The Hague Academy for Local Governance are facilitated by renowned trainers and practitioners with extensive experience of decentralisation and local governance in various development and (post-)conflict countries around the world. Contributions to this course come from, among others, Jamie Boex, principle research associate at the Urban Institute in Washington and from Aladeen Shawa, senior advisor local development at UNCDF for the Arab States.

Training venue and accommodation

The training will take place in Barcelona at the beautiful Casa Sant Felip Neri in the northern part of Barcelona. The Casa offers half-board (breakfast and diner) accommodation from Monday 12 – Saturday 24 May, at a rate of  €45,- per night per room. If you would like to make use of this offer, please mention it in the application form!

Practical information

The course fee is € 2.890,-. This includes all training-related costs, as well as drinks, lunches, training materials and travel during the training programme and an optional sightseeing tour in the weekend. Travel to and from Barcelona and accommodation is not included. The course language is English.

The training will start on Monday evening the 12th at 6:00PM, with a meet & eat at the Casa Sant Felip Neri. During this evening you will get a chance to get to know your fellow participants, learn more about the programme and sample the delicious Spanish cuisine in a relaxed setting”.

If you would like to receive more information or in case you have any questions, you can contact us at  or +31(70) 37 38 695.

Application procedure

Deadline for application is 28 March 2014. Click here for more information about the application procedure and the online application form.

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