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Course Introduction

Water provision and governance of water systems are of a complex nature, involving many different stakeholders at different levels and shaped by the political and institutional context of a country. In many countries, reforms for effective water management are hampered by an unclear allocation of roles and responsibilities, territorial fragmentation and limited capacity at the local level.

The Hague Academy for Local Governance will organise a two-week, practice-oriented training on water governance in which leading international experts and practitioners provide you with a unique insight into international best practices and water governance tools. You will work actively to apply the five building blocks for sound water governance to your own context: a powerful administrative organisation, a legally embedded system, an adequate financing system and economic analyses of water services, a systematic planning approach and participation of stakeholders.

Next to discussing theoretical concepts and international cases, you will visit Dutch water projects on modern flood management, urban water management and waste water treatment. During these visits there will be a special focus on cooperation structures and financing mechanisms. You will have ample opportunity to ask questions and exchange experiences with the experts and other participants.

Learning Objectives

This course will help you:

  • gain state of the art knowledge on concepts and principles of integrated, multilevel water governance;
  • identify instruments for increasing social and financial accountability of water management and water services;
  • increase insight in the legal, political and institutional framework affecting water governance in your context;
  • get acquainted with assessment tools and new approaches for dealing with the challenges of water governance;
  • broaden your knowledge on international best practices in the field of multilevel water governance.

By participating in this course you will meet colleagues from other parts of the world, exchange experiences with experts and visit many examples of Dutch water management. You will link international best practices and tools with your own working context and think about practical solutions for the challenges you face in your home country.

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

Intended Audience

Policy makers and technical staff of organisations responsible for water management at different levels, as well as programme managers and advisors working for donor and development organisations.

Read here about the experiences of a former course participant.


Contributions to this course come amongst others from the OECD Water Governance Initiative and representatives from UNESCO-IHE and the Dutch Water Authorities.

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. There are group discounts available if you participate with three or more colleagues. You can email us for more information.

The course language is English! If you have questions or if you are interested in a tailor-made course, you can contact us at info@thehagueacademy.com , or +31-70-3738695.

Application Procedure

The deadline for application was 21 July 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.