Course introduction

This practice oriented course focuses on strengthening the economic capacity of a local or regional community. Taking into account the post-2015 agenda, the course discusses strategies and tools for local authorities to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth and decent work for all.

International experts present strategies to improve local conditions for job creation and poverty reduction, and discuss questions such as: How to develop a joint vision for the area in a participatory manner, involving government, citizens, businesses and CSOs? And: how to create a business enabling environment that promotes entrepreneurship and supports small and medium enterprises? They give international examples of financing LED-initiatives and best practices in public-private partnerships.

LED in different contexts

During the course, you will learn about different approaches to accommodate the different needs of urban and rural contexts as well as local economic and social development in least-developed and post-conflict states. Furthermore, you will get familiar with strategies and tools to support decent work and human rights and include vulnerable and marginalised groups, such as women and youth, in the local economy. There will be ample opportunity to bring in experiences from your own local context.

LED in practice

During study visits, staff of The Hague municipality will talk about their long term economic strategy and show projects supporting entrepreneurs in The Hague. And you will experience economic development in the rural municipality of Westland at the ‘Demokwekerij’, a knowledge centre for innovation, information and inspiration in glasshouse horticulture.

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.

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. 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.

Contributions come amongst others from:

Mr. Aladeen Shawa, senior advisor LED, UNCDF. He brings a depth of practical experience that combines the disciplines of Local Governance and Local Development through working closely with both the public (central and Local) and private sector in a variety of contexts. He has worked with the range of multilateral and bilateral development partners and with government and the private sector in Arab States, Africa and Asia.

Ms. Irma Specht, director of Transition International. She has a broad understanding of key elements of transition such as vocational and business training, labour market analyses, small business set-up, private sector development, capacity building and training, context analyses, programme design and monitoring.

Mr.Vin Morar, International Projects Specialist. He lectures at TSM Business School, University of Twente. Morar has wideranging experience in entrepreneurship and cross cultural management, and consults with a great range of governments and across the world. He has experience in the field of Entrepreneurship, having worked in many different parts of the world e.g., Britain, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Croatia, Russia, South Africa, Seychelles, etc.

This training is designed for:

Professionals involved in local economic development processes, including development workers, officials working for municipalities, regional governments and ministries, as well as development banks.

Practical information

The course fee is € 2.950,-. 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. 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

You can not apply anymore for this specific course date. However we do organise this course again from 19 to 30 September 2016.  Click here for more information.