You can read here more information about the training courses that are open for a Nuffic fellowship for which the application deadline is 7 March 2017.

Multilevel Water Governance (18 – 29 September 2017)

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.

Conflict, Rule of Law and Local Security (30 October – 10 November, 2017)

Course introduction

In the aftermath of a conflict that has reduced the state’s ability to govern and administer justice, it is essential to bring some measure of stability, to reassert the state’s monopoly on the use of violence and to send a strong signal that crimes cannot be committed with impunity. Government and security sector institutions (the military, the policy, criminal and military courts, prosecution, and prisons) at central level have an important role to play in all of this, yet in many countries, particularly in rural areas, these institutions remain distant and detached from local realities. In those areas, the state is to a large extent associated with and represented by local governments or local administrations. Given that this tier of government is closest to its citizens, it is in a unique position to improve the legitimacy of the state and help restore local security to avoid a return to conflict.

The nexus between conflict, rule of law and security at the subnational level remains largely unexplored. This training programme aims to fill this gap.

You will receive lectures from academics and international experts from various fields of practice, including conflict analysis, governance, rule of law promotion, and local security, with a focus on the subnational level. You will have the opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge and bridge the divide between theory and practice by exercises and practical cases from amongst others Burundi, South Sudan, Libya, Indonesia and Kenya. Visits will be made to amongst others the International Criminal Court (ICC) and The Dutch National Crisis Centre to learn how to prevent and maintain local security.

Learning objectives

The course will help you to:

  • get insight in the roles of different governmental and judicial institutions in restoring security and legitimacy;
  • learn about the role of Dutch authorities in the local security system, crisis management and crisis communication;
  • increase your knowledge on the general notions of rule of law and its dilemmas in relation to human rights case-law;
  • increase your insight in the different approaches and tools for conflict analysis (and how to use these);
  • broaden your understanding of (local) security concerns and reflect on systems and tools to mitigate the risk of violent conflict and contribute to peaceful resolution;
  • understand the need for comprehensive programming and community driven approaches to reintegration, local economic development, social cohesion;
  • apply the lessons learnt in your own local settings.

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

This training programme is interesting for:

Professionals from government agencies, civil society and non-governmental organisations, as well as international institutions, who have been working directly with or on issues related to conflict affected areas.

Local Economic Development (20 November – 1 December 2017)

Course introduction

This practice oriented course focuses on strengthening the economic capacity of a local or regional community. Taking into account the post-2015 agenda, the course discusses strategies and tools for local authorities to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth and decent work for all.

International experts present strategies to improve local conditions for job creation and poverty reduction, and discuss questions such as: How to develop a joint vision for the area in a participatory manner, involving government, citizens, businesses and CSOs? And: how to create a business enabling environment that promotes entrepreneurship and supports small and medium enterprises? They give international examples of financing LED-initiatives and best practices in public-private partnerships.

LED in different contexts

During the course, you will learn about different approaches to accommodate the different needs of urban and rural contexts as well as local economic and social development in least-developed and post-conflict states. Furthermore, you will get familiar with strategies and tools to support decent work and human rights and include vulnerable and marginalised groups, such as women and youth, in the local economy. There will be ample opportunity to bring in experiences from your own local context.

LED in practice

During study visits, staff of The Hague municipality will talk about their long term economic strategy and show projects supporting entrepreneurs in The Hague. And you will experience economic development in the rural municipality of Westland at the ‘Demokwekerij’, a knowledge centre for innovation, information and inspiration in glasshouse horticulture.

Learning objectives

This course will help you to:

  • assess the economic and political context for regional development;
  • identify challenges and opportunities for strengthening the local economy and job creation together with stakeholders at local, regional and national level;
  • develop approaches for strategic local economic planning;
  • get acquainted with practical tools for supporting the local economy.

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

This training is designed for:

Professionals involved in local economic development processes, including development workers, officials working for municipalities.