In cooperation with governments, civil society organisations and knowledge institutes in various countries, we offer practice-oriented training programmes that are made by and for people involved in local governance. Our approach is characterised by an active participation in our training programmes: seeing, doing, discussing and exchanging.

The Hague Academy for Local Governance was ranked the second most innovative startup by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Our programmes include:

  • Visits to projects and best practices of private and public sector organisations relevant to the topic of the training;
  • Skills development by participating in role play, game simulations, and interactive theatre;
  • Reflection on the impact of local government policies on local communities with the help of university professors and citizen experts;
  • Linking what has been learned to the context and daily practice in the participants’ home countries.

Sustainable results

Our experience is that this practical and active approach is more effective and sustainable than the traditional classroom training. As Confucius once said, “Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand.”

Our training results are sustained by a thorough assessment of the local context and training needs, daily wrap-up sessions, homework assignments and  Training Of Trainers-modules. Participants regularly report and receive feedback on the progress of their action plans either online as follow-up to an open subscription course – leading to a Certificate of Excellence – or in follow-up meetings as part of broader capacity building programmes.


We see participants going home inspired and motivated for the development process in their home country. The contacts they make with colleagues – often from other countries – continue to exist long after the training has ended. The online The Hague Academy-network facilitates a continuous exchange of knowledge and experiences.

More importantly, by joining our training programmes, participants have acquired the knowledge and skills needed to act as change agents in their communities. It helps them to contribute positively to inclusive governance processes leading to more stability, better public services and socio-economic development in their countries.

See the list of open courses offered in 2017