Course Introduction:

Local public services such as waste management, water access and social services have a huge impact on our daily lives and well-being. However, in many countries, the poor often lack access to these important services. Fortunately, local governments can ensure access and make a difference. This course discusses how different levels of government can cooperate effectively and involve citizens and the private sector to promote pro-poor local service delivery.

In this course, you will address the following questions:

  • How can the different layers of government work together to ensure basic services also reach the poorest people?
  • How can they set up the financial management of services in a transparent and democratic way?
  • How can partnerships with NGOs and the private sector help local governments to better deal with challenges?

The Sustainable Development Goals will provide an important starting point for discussion and knowledge sharing. The course will address Goal 5 (Gender); Goal 6 (Clean water and sanitation); Goal 8 (Decent work and economic growth); Goal 10 (Reduced inequalities); and Goal 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions). The course will also equip you with a number of practical and analytical tools and impart new ideas to help you conceive and implement policies towards better local service delivery. The course will take place in The Hague from 18 to 29 June 2018.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase your insight into the basic conditions for good local service delivery;
  • Better understand the roles of the different layers of government, including central government in creating conditions and maintaining oversight;
  • Gain insight on the implication of the SDGs for local service delivery and local governments;
  • Understand challenges and possibilities in financing service provision at the local level;
  • Increase collaboration and interaction between public and private sector (public-private partnerships), with the civil society and between central and local government.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for professionals working in the field of decentralisation, local governance, public service provision and development. The course offers a combination of presentations by top experts and innovative exercises.


David Jackson serves as Director of the Local Development Finance Practice Area at UNCDF. In this capacity, he leads the strategy to strengthen public finance for local development. He has more than 20 years experience in public sector governance, planning and budgeting at local and central levels and has published papers on the political and technical challenges of decentralisation in Africa, where he has been involved since the 1990s.

Maarten Siebel has professional expertise in water management including, clean-water production, solid waste administration and overseeing industrial ecology systems. He has experience in research and capacity-building projects in several country contexts, including India, China, Indonesia and Guatemala. Dr. Siebel is the associate professor of Environmental Biotechnology. He earned his Ph.D in Bioprocess Engineering from Montana State University, in the U.S.A.

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Irma Specht
As director of Transition International, Irma supports social and economic development in transition processes, with a special focus on vulnerable groups and gender. She has a broad international experience in vocational and business training, labour market analyses, small business set-up and private sector development.


generic staff profileWilma Meeus (MD and MPH) is an independent consultant focused on supporting and strengthening health systems in fragile states. She has more than 28 years experience managing NGO health programmes and advising national and provincial health authorities in emergency and long-term public health programmes. Wilma has worked in Tanzania, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Burkina Faso, the DRC, Rwanda, South Africa, Kosovo and Zambia and has provided public health consultancy services in Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mozambique, India, Ethiopia, Liberia and South Sudan.

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 email or call +31(70) 37 38 695.

Application Procedure

If you do not qualify for Nuffic Fellowships or would like to apply for this course without Nuffic funding, then please follow the application procedure using the ‘Learn More’ button below. The deadline to apply for this course has passed. However, please contact us if you would like to apply for this course. Some exceptions are possible.

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