Course Introduction

Local governments face enormous challenges following violent conflicts. Often times, human and financial resources are scarce, the capacity to deliver services is inadequate, and the central government is weak or absent. Despite these strains and divisions in society, local governments are called upon to deliver services and promote the conditions for stability, peace and development. To achieve this, inclusive and sustainable local governance is paramount.

From 3 to 7 July 2017, The Hague Academy will organise in Barcelona – and in partnership with the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center – an interactive course about how local governments can address concerns of peace and sustainable growth in post-conflict settings.

Participants will be challenged on the following core questions:

  • How can local governments (LGs) promote stability and promote the conditions for sustainable development?
  • What lessons can be learnt from LGs peacebuilding approach in different post-conflict contexts?
  • How can development partners improve the effectiveness of their support to LGs in a post-conflict context?
  • When does decentralisation facilitate or hinder peacebuilding process, and what is the role of LGs in both situations?

The course will analyse lessons learned from cases such as Afghanistan, Liberia, South Sudan and the Balkans. It will also revisit and provide insights on the decentralisation and peacebuilding theoretical framework. This will be especially relevant to analyse and understand better each participant’s local context. Furthermore, the course will dissect the impact of donor interventions in support of LGs and their efforts to create the conditions for a lasting peace.

Learning objectives

This is a very interactive course, and therefore, participants will be expected to exchange specific experiences and engage peers on various topics. At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Analyse the concepts and theories related to peacebuilding and local governance;
  • Assess the state of the political economy of decentralisation;
  • Identify to what extent decentralisation in post-conflict contexts may have counterproductive effects;
  • Recognise the impact of peacebuilding interventions for sustainable peace and inclusive development at the local level and in relation to state legitimacy;
  • Advise local government officials on how to establish a sustainable, inclusive approach to governance;
  • Develop ideas for evaluating local peacebuilding activities to improve learning and accountability.

Each participant who successfully completes the course will receive a certificate from The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

This training is designed for the staff of donor and development organisations, NGOs, ministries and local governments. It is also aimed at practitioners who wish to remain well-informed about the local dimensions of peacebuilding in post-conflict states.

The experts

Expertise will include, among others:

  • 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.
  • Knud Anders Rasmussen, an expert in monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding programmes with extensive experience in multiple contexts including, Somalia, Jordan, Ghana, Sierra Leon, Zimbabwe, South Africa, India, Eritrea, Pakistan.

Practical information

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 hotel accommodation is not included. The course language is English.

The training course is co-organized by The Hague Academy and the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center


The Peacebuilding and Local Governance training will take place in the beautiful and historic Casa Sant Felip Neri. As part of the course, attendees are invited to take advantage of a special accommodation rate of 38 euros per night per room at the residence. Your stay will include breakfast and hotel amenities such as wifi. For more information and to book your room at the Casa Sant Felip Neri, participants should address Ms. Eva Lopez Amat at Please note that room space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

For participants favouring hotel accommodation, we recommend Hotel Catalonia Castellnou, located only 5 minutes walking from the training location. This hotel offers accommodation at € 105 per night (double standard room for individual use with breakfast and taxes included).  We have pre-booked 15 rooms on a first come first served basis. If you would like to reserve a room at Hotel Catalonia Castellnou, you can do so by mailing and copy Ms. Eva Lopez Amat at  (Please quote BCN Peace Center in the subject line).

Application and Contact Information

The deadline to register for this course has passed. If you have questions about this course, please contact Freddy Sahinguvu. For general inquiries, please contact For more information about online application procedure, click here.