Please note:  This course is fully booked and we are no longer accepting applications for this 2017 course. If you would like to attend a future LED course, then you may apply for the 2018 LED course. The Academy is also pleased to announce registrations are open for the LED Online course

Course Introduction:

This practice-oriented course focuses on strengthening the economic capacity of local and regional communities. Taking into account the UN’s post-2015 development agenda, this course will explore strategies and tools for local authorities to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth and decent work for all.

International experts will present strategies to improve local conditions for job creation and poverty reduction. The course will also explore 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 become 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, the 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:

  • 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;
  • Become acquainted with practical tools for supporting the local economy.

After this course, you will receive a professional certificate of completion from The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

Intended Audience

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


Through a combination of lectures from visiting experts, as well as exercises and study visits, participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and interact with a wide-range of people and perspectives.

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.

This course takes place in our office in The Hague, The Netherlands. For more information, please contact us at or +31(70) 37 38 695.

Application Procedure

The deadline for application was 22 September 2017. Learn more about the application procedure >>

Fellowship Opportunity

Applications for Nuffic fellowships for this specific course is no longer possible. The next opportunity for scholarship funding will be for The Hague Academy training courses in 2018. Please check each course in 2018 for their respective scholarship information.