Course introduction

Water provision and governance of water systems are of a complex nature, involving many different stakeholders at different levels and shaped by the political and institutional context of a country. In many countries, reforms for effective water management are hampered by an unclear allocation of roles and responsibilities, territorial fragmentation and limited capacity at the local level.

This course will be organised together with the Water Governance Centre and addresses the key challenges for integrated, multilevel water governance. The five key building blocks for sound water governance will be discussed: a powerful administrative organisation of water management; a legally embedded system of water law; an adequate financing system and economic analyses of water measures; a systematic (planning) approach; the participation of stakeholders.

Next to discussing theoretical concepts and international practical case studies such as Lake Naivasha in Kenya, the Awash basin in Ethiopia and the Blue Gold project in Bangladesh, you will analyse your own country context, amongst others by applying governance assessment tools (such as the financial assessment tool). Furthermore, you will visit programmes for the protection against the rising sea level, examples of modern river flood management and practices of urban water management. During these visits a special focus is on cooperation structures and financing mechanisms.

Learning objectives

This course will help you:

  • gain state of the art knowledge on concepts and principles of integrated, multilevel water governance;
  • identify instruments for increasing social and financial accountability;
  • increase insight in the legal, political and institutional framework affecting water governance in your country;
  • get acquainted with new tools and approaches for dealing with the challenges of water governance;
  • broaden your knowledge on international best practices in the field of multilevel water governance.

By participating in this course you will meet colleagues from other parts of the world, exchange experiences with experts and visit many examples of Dutch water management. You will link international best practices and tools with your own working context and think about practical solutions for the challenges you face in your home country.

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

This training course is interesting for

Policy makers and technical staff of organisations responsible for water management at different levels, as well as programme managers and advisors working for donor and development organisations.


Contributions to this course come amongst others from Maarten Hofstra of UNESCO-IHE, Herman Havekes of the Dutch Water Authorities and Peter Glas, chairman of  the OECD Water Governance Initiative.

Practical information

The course fee is € 3.150,-. This includes all training-related costs as well as drinks and lunches, training materials and travel during the training. The course language is English. The deadline for application is 23 May, 2014! If you have questions or if you are interested in a tailor made course, you can contact us at: , or +31-70-3738695.

Application Procedure

Please see the application procedure page for more information and the online application form.


This course will be organised in cooperation with: