Course introduction

Corruption is one of the root causes of extreme poverty, conflict and State fragility. It cripples States’ ability to effectively deliver services and maintain the rule of law, it has strong adverse effects on the business climate and stands in the way of sustainable and equitable economic and social development. Moreover, international research has repeatedly shown that poor people suffer most from corruption. Without serious efforts to integrate integrity and anti-corruption measures into development policies, the new sustainable development goals will not be reached.

This course helps you to understand the drivers of corruption and is geared towards strengthening your analytical skills and providing you with instruments to develop integrity and anti-corruption policies and programmes in line with recent international initiatives, legislation and agreements. 

International experts will share their personal experience in stimulating a culture of integrity, putting in place anti-corruption controls, recognising red flags and putting in place corruption reporting mechanisms. You will visit Dutch integrity institutions and learn from their successes and challenges. Together we will analyse cases of corruption and assess the effectiveness of transparency initiatives and anti-corruption measures. Special attention will be paid to obstacles and dilemma´s in the implementation process of integrity and anti-corruption policies and programmes and how to overcome these.

Learning objectives

This course will help you to:

  • Examine the cross-cutting nature of corruption and its impact on social and economic development and the rule of law;
  • Assessing corruption vulnerabilities in governance institutions and processes;
  • Learn about innovative instruments and the latest international developments related to integrity and anti-corruption and analysing how these could work in your country context;
  • Engage with government, civil society and the private sector to develop and implement integrity and anti-corruption policies and programmes with a view to achieving sustainable and equitable development;
  • Support the establishment and strengthening of effective accountability and integrity institutions in locally-appropriate ways;
  • Learn from the experiences of the experts, as well as your fellow participants, and expand your professional network in the field of integrity and anti-corruption.

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

This training is designed for

Consultants and professionals working for; government, international organisations or NGOs and who are involved in anti-corruption, transparency and accountability processes in relation to development and governance.

The experts

The experts that will contribute to this course include Mr. Ronald MacLean Abaroa, leading international expert in anti-corruption strategies and former Bolivian politician (first democratically elected mayor of La Paz and has held several national cabinet positions) and Ms. Ana Vasilache, Director of the Partners Foundation for Local Development, a Romanian NGO enhancing democratic processes worldwide and strengthening civil society. In 2000 she received UN Habitat Scroll of Honour for her dedication to improving urban governance in Romania and Central and Eastern Europe. Ms. Vasilache and Mr. MacLean Abaroa have together developed an innovative anti-corruption methodology, which received international recognition in 2011 through the UN Public Service Award and which they will share in this course.

Experts from Transparency International will explain how they work together with governments, businesses and citizens to stop corruption and the abuse of power. As part of this course, you will also learn from the Dutch experience during study visits to institutions such as the National Integrity Office (BIOS), the Court of Audit, the National Public Prosecutor for Corruption and the National Police.


Practical information

The course fee is € 3.150,-. 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. 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 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

The deadline for application is 5 February, 2016. For more information about how to apply and the online application form click here.

Nuffic Fellowships

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 and the MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP).
The deadline for a fellowship for this course and date has passed already. If you would like to know more about this fellowship possibility or want to know about new deadlines, Click here