Course introduction

This course focuses on strengthening the economic capacity of a regional community to make optimal use of the existing and potential characteristics of the area. Participants will be provided with strategies, tools and approaches to improve conditions for job creation and economic growth.

We will discuss questions such as: How to develop and implement a vision for the area together with government, citizens, businesses and CSOs?  How to secure local interests vis-a-vis central government, multinationals and foreign investors? How to support farmers and small businesses in creating job opportunities and improving food security? And how to deal with challenges and opportunities generated by extractive industries? As part of the course we visit and interact with projects supporting small entrepreneurs, agricultural programmes and initiatives to promote tourism.

The experts

The latest expertise and insights will be made available in this course, through a combination of lectures from visiting experts, exercises and study visits. Contributions come from organisations and practitioners in the fields related to Local Economic Development with world-wide experience such as Aladeen Shawa, senior advisor local development at UNCDF for the Arab States. During the training you will have the opportunity to share your experiences with them and each other and ask their opinion about issues you deal with.

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. 

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. This course takes place in our office in The Hague, The Netherlands.

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 24 November, 2014. Click here for more information about the application procedure and the on-line application form.

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. To see if you are eligible for a fellowship, to learn more about the rules and regulations and the application deadlines, please see The deadline to apply for a NFP fellowship for this specific course has passed!

MENA Scholarship

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) is funded by the Netherlans Ministry of Foreign Affairs and offers around 140 scholarships a year to professionals. The MENA Scholarships are distributed proportionally among the participating countries. The target group is professionals (with a maximum age of 45) who are nationals of and working in one of the following countries: (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia). For more information about this scholarship and how to apply see
The deadline to apply for a MENA scholarship for this specific course has passed!