Course introduction

After violent conflict local governments (LGs) face enormous challenges, human and financial resources are scarce, the capacity to deliver services is very weak and society is divided. Despite this situation, LGs are expected to perform and establish lasting stability, peace and development. In order to achieve this, effective, inclusive and sustainable local governance is crucial. Thus, they must improve and maintain citizens’ security and overcome existing divisions within society. Furthermore, they have to provide basic services – such as roads, water, schools and health care – and tangible economic opportunities. All of this needs to be achieved in a very challenging post conflict situation and might fail or endanger state stability if not well thought through.

How can LGs achieve lasting stability, sustainable peace and sustainable development?
What lessons can be learnt from LGs peacebuilding approach in different post conflicts contexts?
How can development partners increase the effectiveness of their support to LGs in a post conflict context?

When does decentralisation process facilitate or hinder peacebuilding process and what is the role of LGs in both situations

These are the central questions of this one week course. The course will further analyses lessons learned from international cases e.g. Afghanistan, Liberia, South Sudan and the Balkans. It will apply theories and concepts to the local context of the participants, and discuss the impact of donor interventions on peace and stability. The course will also provide participants with an opportunity to exchange experiences, discuss new ideas and approaches for peacebuilding.

Learning objectives

At the end of this course, participants:

  • Are aware of the concepts and theories related to peacebuilding interventions;
  • Have analysed the state of local authorities and political economy of decentralisation in post conflict countries;
  • Have discussed critically to what extent decentralisation in post conflict contexts may have counterproductive effects;
  • Have reflected on the impact of peacebuilding interventions for sustainable peace and development at the local level in relation to state legitimacy.
  • Have shared experiences on establishing inclusive governance in post conflicts contexts;
  • Have developed ideas for monitoring and evaluating the impact of programmes within peacebuilding interventions;

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

This training is designed for

Staff of bilateral donors, multilateral agencies and NGOs, and civil servants working for ministries and local governments, who wish to be well-informed about the local dimensions of peacebuilding in post conflict states.

The experts

Contributions to this course come, among others, from:

Jamie Boex, international decentralisation expert who has worked in amongst others Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Sierra Leone, and Timor-Leste.

Dion van der Berg, peace professional who worked with local governments and civil society groups in, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo and South Sudan.  

Corina Dhaene, co-manager / consultant at ACE Europe and has a strong background in monitoring programmes and policies in post conflict countries.

Practical information

The training will be held in partnership with the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center and take place at the beautiful Casa Sant Felip Neri in the northern part of Barcelona, Spain. La Casa offers basic accommodation from € 35,- per night (single room with basin and shared bathroom facilities) to € 50,- per night (double room for individual use with private bathroom facilities), breakfast and taxes included. La Casa has a limited number of rooms with private bathroom. If you would like to make use of this offer, please mention it in the application form!

For participants favouring hotel comfort and services, we recommend the Hotel Catalonia Castellnou*** (located 5 minutes walking distance from the House) at € 75,- per night (breakfast and taxes included).

The course fee is € 2.450,-. This includes all training-related costs, as well as drinks, lunches, training materials and travel during the training programme. Travel to and from Barcelona and accommodation is not included. The course language is English.

Application procedure.

The deadline for application is 3 June 2016. For more information about the application procedure and the online application form, click here.