Course introduction

Responsive governments and empowered citizens are important conditions for inclusive development. But what can governments and civil society do to make sure that all voices are heard?

In the training course Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance you will discuss how governments can inform and involve their citizens, including minorities and marginalised groups. You will also learn how civil society can be empowered in such a way that citizens can hold their governments accountable and bring their concerns on the table.

International expertise and exchange 

The participation ladder, the accountability chain, the do’s and don’ts in participation processes, the basic principles of lobby and advocacy and the role of the media: these topics will all be part of the discussion. International experts will introduce you to the concepts and afterwards there will be plenty of opportunity to exchange ideas with them and the other participants.

Urban renewal and other best practices 

This training will be a true experience! You will meet the Ombudsman of The Hague, do a media training at Radio Netherlands Training Centre and visit examples of joint policy making and multi-stakeholder governance, such as the joint design of a green and car-free neighbourhood in Amsterdam and the cooperation between local security actors and citizens to improve social cohesion in neighbourhoods. Enlightening case studies are the social housing project of Camdeboo in South Africa and improving transparency in La Paz.

Learning objectives

This course will help you:

  • identify instruments for increasing social and financial accountability;
  • define your own role and responsibilities in participation processes as well as the role of your partners;
  • specify conditions and do’s and don’tsfor successful participation projects;
  • apply tools for communication with citizens, NGOs and other stakeholders.

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

This training course is interesting for

Professionals working for municipal, provincial or national government, a donor organisation or NGO and who are involved in participation and accountability processes in relation to development and governance.

The experts

To increase your understanding of the underlying principles and mechanisms of accountability and citizen participation processes, experts will share with you their thoughts and experiences. Contributions come from professionals and practitioners in the field of accountability and participation, e.g. mayors and deputy-mayors, municipal staff, experts from well-known institutes and residents.

Practical information

The course fee is € 2.950,-. This includes all training-related costs as well as drinks and lunches, training materials and travel during the training. Group discounts are available if you participate with three of more colleagues in this course. Email us for more information. The course language is English.

If you have questions or if you are interested in a tailor made course on citizen participation you can contact us at: , or +31-70-3738695.

Application Procedure

The deadline for the application is 25 March, 2016. For more information about our general conditions and the online application form, click here.

Fellowship opportunities

It’s not possible anymore to apply for a fellowship (Nuffic or Talent for Governance) for this specific course. New fellowship possibilities will be announced on our website.