The Hague | 5 – 16 November, 2012

Course introduction

Local governments are faced with enormous challenges in peacebuilding and reconstruction after violent conflict. Citizens need roads, water, schools and health care to regain their ‘normal’ lives. Equally important are the maintenance of security and the (re)integration of internally displaced persons or ex-combatants into the local community.

Questions addressed in this course are: How should central and local government relations be shaped? How can basic services be delivered and economic opportunities be created in a conflict sensitive manner? We will distil lessons from cases in countries and regions such as Afghanistan, Sudan and the Balkans and discuss issues such as starting points for projects, timing, geography and the impact of our programmes on peace and stability.

Learning objectives

This course will help you to:

  • analyse the state of local governments and the local political economy in fragile countries;
  • design and implement initiatives aimed at strengthening local governments;
  • judge the impact of local governance and decentralisation on realising a sustainable peace and building state legitimacy;
  • cooperate and coordinate with local governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders.

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

This training is designed for

Staff of bilateral donors, multilateral agencies and NGOs, and civil servants working for ministries and local governments, who wish to be well-informed about the local dimensions of peacebuilding in fragile states.

The experts

The courses of The Hague Academy for Local Governance are facilitated by renowned trainers and practitioners with extensive experience of decentralisation and local governance in various development and (post-)conflict countries around the world. Contributions to this course come from, among others, Jamie Boex, principle research associate at the Urban Institute in Washington and leading expert in the field of (fiscal) decentralisation.

Practical information

The course fee is € 2.890,-. This includes all training-related costs, as well as drinks, lunches, training materials and travel during the training programme. Travel to and from The Hague and accommodation is not included. The course language is English.

If you would like to receive more information or in case you have any questions, you can contact us at or +31(70) 37 38 695.

Application procedure

Deadline for application is 21 September, 2012. Click here for more information about the application procedure and the online application form. 

Apply for a Nuffic NFP fellowship

The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC) offers the opportunity to apply for a fellowship for this training course, as part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for short courses.

The deadline to apply for a NFP fellowship for this training course in 2012 has already passed. In 2013 we will organise this training again (from 27 May to 7 June 2013) and  herefore  you can apply for a NFP fellowship between 17 July and 1 October 2012.

To learn more about the deadlines, eligibility criteria and the rules and regulations, please see