Course introduction

Gender equality is fundamentally related to sus­tainable development and globally accepted as a necessity for the promotion of human rights. In the context of local government, gender equa­lity is critical as women and men face different challenges in full participation, representation and decent work opportunities. Measures that ensure equitable access to resources and basic services are necessary to obtain an inclusive and gender responsive governance. 

This course, which is designed for both men and women, starts by exploring the main gen­der concepts and how they relate to inclusive development. Moreover, the practical integration of gender in all dimensions of (local) governance, including participation, accountability and transparency as well as the role of women and men in equitable service delivery are discussed. Attention is paid to the role of women in conflict resolution and peacebuilding as guided by UN Security Council Resolution 1325, addressing masculinities and gender based violence.

By showing examples from around the globe, applying interactive ways of sharing knowledge and working with renowned experts in this field, participants will gain a deeper understanding of gender dynamics and strategies for addressing the different needs and priorities of women, men, young girls and boys.

Learning objectives

This course aims to:

  • increase your knowledge about gender concepts and become aware of the latest insights in gender responsive governance, including in conflict and fragile context;
  • identify and implement strategies to increase participation and representation of women and marginalised groups in an organisation or society at large;
  • adopt tools for conducting gender analysis, gender responsive budgeting and mainstrea­ming gender in programmes or projects;
  • improve your personal skills in negotiation, lobbying and action planning for a meaningful change in your organisation/programme activities.

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


The experts in this training are amongst others:

  • Sundus Balata

Sundus is indepent consultant and has built up years of international experience working in international organisations and NGOs in the fields of social inclusivity, youth and women’s empowerment. At the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), she was charged with e.g. mainstreaming gender across programme activities, in depth gender analyses, gender strategy development and gender-sensitizing a result-based monitoring system.

  • Irma Specht

Irma is an anthropologist with 20 years’ experience in the transition processes. Currently she is the director of Transition International. She has an international reputation in the field of socio-economic reintegration, youth employment, gender and conflict transformation. Irma supports social and economic development in transition processes, with a special focus on vulnerable groups and gender. She also has experience with employment issues and the inclusion of vulnerable or special groups in transition processes.

  • Ghada Zeidan

Ghada is a professional and all round trainer, she has developed and facilitated many study visits and workshops. Her specialisations are local governance, citizen participation, gender and development, women’s rights, project management and lobby and advocacy. She has broad intercultural sensitivity through her working and living experience in both Palestine and The Netherlands.

This training course is interesting for

Policy makers at local and national level, decision-makers, international development practitioners, gender specialists with government, NGO’s and the UN system, HR officers and other persons who are interested in promoting inclusive development with a special focus on strengthening the position of women, and who wish to develop their personal leadership and negotiations skills.

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. The course language is English. If you have questions or if you are interested in a tailor made course can contact us at:  or +31-70-3738695.

Application Procedure

The deadline for application is 30 December 2016. For more information about the application procedure 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. To see if you are eligible for a fellowship and to learn more about the rules and regulations for the NFP fellowship, please see

The application deadline for fellowships for this specific course has passed already. Please see for other opportunities our fellowship page.