Open courses 2015

November 30 - December 11, 2015

Conflict, Rule of Law & Local Security

During this course you will receive lectures from academics and international experts from various fields of practice, including conflict analysis, governance, rule of law promotion, and human security, with a focus on the subnational level.

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March 23 - April 3, 2015

Gender Responsive Governance

This course starts by exploring the main gender concepts and how they relate to inclusive development. Moreover, the practical integration of gender in all dimensions of (local) governance, including participation, accountability and transparency as well as the role of women and men in equitable service delivery are discussed.

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April 13 - April 24, 2015

Peacebuilding and Local Governance

This course addresses questions like: how can local authorities strengthen basic services and create economic opportunities in a conflict sensitive
manner? And how can they contribute to social cohesion, human security and conflictprevention? Lessons from cases in Afghanistan, Liberia, South Sudan and the Balkans are presented and implications for donor support programmes – such as timing, geography and do no harm approaches – discussed.

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June 1 - June 12, 2015

Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance

This course discusses basic principles of good governance, accountability and civil participation. We will explore possibilities to engage citizens in the policy and decision making process and discuss a.o. the participation ladder, the accountability chain and do’s and don’ts in participation processes.

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June 29 - July 10, 2015

Integrity and anti-corruption

This training programme aims to increase understanding of the international anti- corruption framework and related integrity policies. The role of various actors and international instruments in eliminating corruption and promoting the rule of law will be examined and corruption’s relation to international development and human security will be discussed.

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July 6 - July 10, 2015

Summercourse: A local perspective to the Sustainable Development goals.

Key question in this course is how governments can decentralise policies and services to local levels to promote more inclusive development. Support modalities for donors will be discussed as well as the political economy of decentralisation and the 5C-approach to strengthen local government capacity.

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September 7 - September 18, 2015

Local Economic Development

This course discusses how inclusive, sustainable economic growth can be increased at the local level in low and middle income countries. Participants will visit best practices in The Netherlands, assess existing and potential characteristics of their own area, and think about ways to improve conditions.

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September 28 - October 9, 2015

Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance

This course, developed in cooperation with the Urban Institute in Washington, discusses questions such as: How can spending responsibilities and revenue resources be best assigned to the different government layers? How can financial management at the local level be improved? What are sources for local income generating? And how can local authorities be held accountable in a transparent way?

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October 26 - November 6, 2015

Multilevel Water Governance

This course addresses the key challenges for integrated, multilevel water governance. Next to discussing theoretical concepts and practical case studies, you will analyse your own country context by applying governance assessment tools.

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