Now accepting applications for the 2019 course.

Course Introduction:

Inclusive development requires responsive governments and empowered citizens. But what can local officials and civil society organisations do to ensure all voices are heard?

In this training course, participants will discuss ways to involve citizens – especially minorities and marginalised groups – to create a culture of inclusive governance. Participants will also learn about how civil society can empower citizens to voice concerns and keep their governments accountable to issues affecting their community.

This training will be a true experience! In this course, you will meet the Ombudsman of The Hague and visit examples of joint policymaking and multi-stakeholder governance, such as neighbourhood projects in the city of Amsterdam / The Hague.

You will work on an enlightening case study of a social housing project in Camdeboo, South Africa. And you will experience the role of the media through practical exercises from Radio Netherlands. This course will take place in The Hague from 5 to 16 March 2018.

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

Intended Audience

Professionals working for a municipal, provincial or national government, a donor organisation or NGO and/or those involved in participation and accountability processes in relation to development and governance.


Contributions come from professionals and practitioners in the field of accountability and participation. This will include ombudsman, municipal staff, practitioners and experts from well-known international organisations.

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 or more colleagues in this course. Email us for more information. The course language is English.

For questions or more information about this course, please direct your inquiry to the Programme Manager, Lars Burema at or call +31(70) 37 38 695.

Application Procedure

If you do not qualify for Nuffic Fellowships or would like to apply without Nuffic funding, then please follow the application procedure using the button below. A few spots remain for the 2018 course. Please follow this link to join the 2018 course. Otherwise, you may wish to apply for the 2019 course using this ‘Learn more’ button.

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