The Hague Academy for Local Governance specialises in high-quality, practice-oriented training courses and study visits to promote local governance and decentralisation in developing and post-conflict societies.

Established by VNG International in 2006, and with the support of the municipality of The Hague, the Academy is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation. Through its expert-led trainings and global network of local government practitioners, The Hague Academy is recognised as a leading institution on local governance innovation.

“We believe that real development starts at a local level.”

Moreover, the training programmes give participants the opportunity to 1) meet professional colleagues from abroad; 2) exchange experiences from varied contexts; and 3) relate to practice the lessons learned in their respective home countries.

In addition, the Academy’s Talent for Governance initiative supports ambitious, results-oriented civil servants in developing and transitional countries. It does this through scholarships and an online network of civil servants representing more than 30 countries.

Annual Reports

The Hague Academy for Local Governance is a Public Benefit Organization. This designation, referred to as ANBI status in Dutch, is provided by the Netherlands tax authorities to institutions who conduct work that focuses on the common good. 

A requirement of any ANBI status organisation is the production of an annual report. You can download the 2016 report here. For previous reports, see 2015, 2014 and 2013.