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 do’s and don’ts in participation processes, open (data) governance 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 opportunities to exchange ideas with them and the other participants.

Best practices 

This training will be a true experience! You will meet the Ombudsman of The Hague, do a media training and visit a Court of Audit and examples of joint policy making and multi-stakeholder governance, such as neighbourhood projects in the city of Amsterdam / The Hague. You will also work on an enlightening case study about the social housing project of Camdeboo in South Africa.

Learning objectives

This course will help you:

  • identify instruments for increasing social 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’ts for successful participation projects;
  • work on the policy cycle;
  • 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. ombudsman, municipal staff, experts from well-known institutes and residents.

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. 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 27 February, 2017. For more information about our general conditions and the online application form, click here.

Fellowship opportunities

Nuffic Fellowships:
The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC) offers fellowships for training courses, as part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for short courses and the MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP). The aim is to promote capacity building within organisations in eligible countries (5o for NFP en 10 for MSP) via training and education for professionals. This is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The application for Nuffic fellowships for this specific course has passed already (this was 4 October 2015).

Talent for Governance

Talent for Governance is The Hague Academy’s own scholarship programme. This programme is for young, talented and motivated civil servants working for a local government in one of the countries on the DAC country list. The programme consists of this two-week training course on citizen participation,  a week-long internship at a Dutch Municipality, Talent for Governance networking activities and a back home action plan.

Application for this programme has passed already (this was  18 November 2016). For more information and application, click here.