Currently, Jordan and Lebanon are facing a huge influx of Syrian refugees. This had led to a massive challenge for local governments in both countries to maintain an adequate level of service delivery to both host and refugee communities. 

In response to this crisis, The Hague Academy is supporting the coordination of a regional training institute for local governance. The aim is to expand capacity to the local governments on a wide variety of relevant themes. This includes service delivery, local economic development and improved citizen participation.

The Hague Academy is also advancing the institutional set-up, curriculum design, a training of trainers, and the delivery of multiple pilot-training courses through 2018.

As part of the Local Government Resilience Programme (LOGOReP), implemented by VNG International, it aims to strengthen resilience at local government level in order to improve living conditions of the local population and refugees in host communities and refugee settlements in Jordan and Lebanon. This programme is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

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