Course introduction

Water provision and governance of water systems are of a complex nature, involving many different stakeholders at different levels and shaped by the political and institutional context of a country. In many countries, reforms for effective water management are hampered by an unclear allocation of roles and responsibilities, territorial fragmentation and limited capacity at the local level.

The Hague Academy for Local Governance organises a two-week, practice oriented training course on water governance in which leading international experts and practitioners provide you with a unique insight into international best practices and water governance tools. You will work actively to apply the five building blocks for sound water governance to your own context: a powerful administrative organisation, a legally embedded system, an adequate financing system and economic analyses of water services, a systematic planning approach and participation of stakeholders.

Next to discussing theoretical concepts and international cases, you will visit Dutch water projects on modern flood management, urban water management and waste water treatment. During these visits there will be a special focus on cooperation structures and financing mechanisms. You will have ample opportunity to ask questions and exchange experiences with the experts and other participants.

Learning objectives

This course will help you:

  • gain state of the art knowledge on concepts and principles of integrated, multilevel water governance;
  • identify instruments for increasing social and financial accountability of water management and water services;
  • increase insight in the legal, political and institutional framework affecting water governance in your context;
  • get acquainted with assessment tools and new approaches for dealing with the challenges of water governance;
  • broaden your knowledge on international best practices in the field of multilevel water governance.

By participating in this course you will meet colleagues from other parts of the world, exchange experiences with experts and visit many examples of Dutch water management. You will link international best practices and tools with your own working context and think about practical solutions for the challenges you face in your home country.

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

This training course is interesting for

Policy makers and technical staff of organisations responsible for water management at different levels, as well as programme managers and advisors working for donor and development organisations.

Read here about the experiences of a former course participant.

Experts

Contributions to this course come amongst others from the OECD Water Governance Initiative and representatives from UNESCO-IHE and the Dutch Water Authorities.

Practical information

The course fee is € 3.150,-. This includes all training-related costs as well as drinks and lunches, training materials and travel during the training. There are group discounts available if you participate with three or more colleagues. You can email us for more information.

The course language is English! If you have questions or if you are interested in a tailor made course, you can contact us at: info@thehagueacademy.com , or +31-70-3738695.

Application Procedure

The deadline for application is 4 March, 2016. For more information about how to apply and the online application form, click here.

Fellowship opportunity

The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC) offers fellowships for training courses, as part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for short courses and the MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP). The aim is to promote capacity building within organisations in eligible countries (51 for NFP en 7 for MSP) via training and education for professionals. This is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.

The deadline to apply for fellowships  for this training has passed already.  Click here for more information.