Course Introduction:

From 17 to 28 June 2019, The Hague Academy will convene participants again for one of its most popular and highly-relevant courses. This course will help you to understand the drivers of corruption. You will strengthen your analytical skills and learn about the instruments necessary to develop integrity and anti-corruption policies and programmes in line with recent international initiatives, legislation and agreements.   

Learning Objectives

This course will help you:

  • Examine the cross-cutting nature of corruption and its impact on social and economic development and the rule of law;
  • Assess corruption vulnerabilities in governance institutions and processes;
  • Learn about innovative instruments related to integrity and anti-corruption, and analyse how these instruments can be employed to work in your organisation/country;
  • Engage with governments, civil society and private sector leaders to develop and implement integrity and anti-corruption policies and programmes with a view to achieving sustainable and equitable development;
  • Support integrity and anti-corruption initiatives and agencies in locally appropriate ways;
  • Learn from the experiences of the experts, as well as your fellow participants, and expand your professional network in the field of integrity and anti-corruption.

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

Intended Audience

This course is intended for consultants and professionals working for government, international organisations or NGOs and who are involved in anti-corruption, transparency and accountability processes in relation to development and governance.


The following experts have contributed to this training:

ronaldRonald MacLean-Abaroas is a former Bolivian politician and leading international expert in decentralisation, devolution of government powers to local citizens, and anti-corruption strategies. He was the first democratically elected mayor of La Paz in 1985, and was reelected four times until 1997. He ran for President of Bolivia in 2002, before joining the World Bank as the Lead Public Sector Management Specialist on Governance, Decentralization, and Poverty Reduction.

henk bruningHenk Bruning is an international expert in Leadership, HR, Governance and Integrity. Henk has headed the integrity programme of the municipality of Amsterdam, where he introduced dilemma trainings, updated the code of conduct and procurement procedure, and was responsible for corruption risk analysis. He has used this experience to support governments around the world in establishing effective integrity programmes and has authored the book “To be honest: Finding Inspiration and Integrity in Public Service and Business”.

ana vasilacheAna Vasilache is a consultant and former Director of the Partners Foundation for Local Development, a Romanian NGO enhancing democratic processes worldwide and strengthening civil society. Since 2004, Ana has addressed corruption in local governments through the Central and Eastern European Anti-corruption Network.


Paul Suijkerbuijk is the driving force behind open data in the Netherlands. In this role, over the last few years he has managed to create an unprecedented momentum in the Dutch open data community, convincing governments to open up and share their data and optimizing the preconditions for open data to take off. Paul is the founder of the Dutch open data portal which was launched in 2010. Currently is giving access to more than 10.000 open data sets in the Netherlands and still counting. Open data is about value, Paul is constantly challenging government, society and industry to work together to find this value. It can be social value, economical value or democratic value. However, the biggest value is on cooperation, finding new ways of working together to find innovative solutions.

Lodewijk Gualtherie van Weezel has 18 years of work experience in the field of Anti-Bribery and Corruption. After finishing his studies of law at the universities of Leiden and Harvard, Lodewijk joined the European Legal Studies Institute in Osnabruck as part of a project that seeks to develop a European Civil Code for the EU. He subsequently joined the World Bank Department of Institutional Integrity where he became responsible for investigating allegations of fraud and corruption pertaining to World Bank financed projects in Africa and the Middle East. Following his assignment with the World Bank Lodewijk assisted with the investigation of the Iraqi Oil-For-Food Programme (1996-2003). He was subsequently recruited by Shell to help set up Shell’s Ethics and Compliance Programme. Lodewijk has been with Shell for 10 years and in his current job as legal counsel advises the company on compliance and other legal matters.

Ton Zijlstra has worked on open government and open data in Europe and beyond for over a decade. With a background in technology and ethics his aim is increasing the agency of all citizens and the quality of public governance. Complexity management, ethics by design, networked agency and distributed digital transformation are his means to get there. He helped plan the Dutch national data portal a decade ago, and since then works with governments at all levels to use openness by design as a novel efficient policy instrument. He’s a founding partner of The Green Land, a European open data consultancy. For the World Bank he works in Central and South-East Asia as senior open government expert, and worked with the UNDP in Eastern Europe. He is the chairman of the board of the leading Dutch transparency NGO Open State Foundation.

Participants will also gain insights through several study visits to Dutch institutions including the National Public Prosecutor for Corruption based in The Hague.

Office of the Public Prosecutor

The Public Prosecution Service, together with the National Criminal Investigation Department, is taking tough action against corrupt officials. During this study visit, you will have the chance to meet and discuss with one of the lead Public Prosecutors in charge of investigations into alleged cases of corruption, as well as speak with the Head of the Integrity department, to better learn about the actions the Public Prosecution Service is taking to safeguard the integrity of their own staff.

The Municipal Ombudsman Den Haag

The municipal ombudsman is independent and investigates and assesses complaints concerning municipal services, municipal officers and municipal administrators. The municipal ombudsman serves private citizens, companies and social organisations. The ombudsman, Mr. Peter Heskes believes it is important that the correct rules are applied properly and that the relationship between the citizen of The Hague and the municipality is open and transparent wherever possible. You will have the chance to meet with Mr. Heskes and learn more about his role in promoting integrity, preventing corruption and restoring citizens’ trust in government.

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 are 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 or call +31(70) 37 38 695.

Funding Opportunities

Participants in our courses are predominantly funded by their own employer (municipalities, Ministries, NGOs and training or research institutes) or by a donor or development agency. If you are looking for additional funding opportunities, there are a few organisations you could approach.

Nuffic Scholarships

The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) offers scholarships for training courses in the Netherlands. These scholarships seek to develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, and abilities of professionals to enable their organisations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world. To learn if this course is open for Nuffic applications, please visit our Nuffic Scholarships page. Please note that Nuffic Scholarships have a separate application process.

Application Deadline

The Integrity and Anti-corruption course will take place in The Hague from 17 to 28 June 2019. Applications are due by 17 May 2019. Incomplete applications will be neither accepted nor considered in the selection process.


After submitting your completed application, you will receive a confirmation of your course registration and an invoice. The payment deadline is 4-weeks before the start of the training course.

Payments can be made by bank transfer or by PayPal. We offer the option of paying in one or two installments. An advance payment of 50% secures reservation of a seat to the training until the payment deadline. However, your participation in the course is guaranteed only after receipt of full payment prior to the 4-week deadline.

If no payment is received before that deadline, then your registration will automatically be canceled. Please note that The Hague Academy accepts registrations on a first pay, first-served policy.

Visa Applications

Some countries require a visa to enter the Netherlands. Please check with The Netherlands or the embassy for the visa requirements related to your country. Because of the length of time needed for the visa procedure, we advise you start this process as soon as possible.  The Hague Academy we will send you an acceptance letter which will assist you in arranging your visa, but only after we confirm your payment.


Payments received before the deadline will be reimbursed. However, an administration fee of €150 will be charged to fulfill this request. We strongly encourage you to start with the visa application procedure at least six weeks before the start of the training programme in order to prevent late cancellation.

A cancellation fee of 50% of the course fee will be charged for participants cancelling between four and two weeks prior to the start of the training. If you cancel your participation within the two-week period before the start of the course, then you will be required to pay 80% of the course fee.

In the event that you cannot attend the course, it is possible to nominate a suitably qualified candidate to replace you without extra charge.

The Hague Academy for Local Governance reserves the right to cancel a course if the number of participants is insufficient or due to any other unforeseen circumstances. In this case, your payment will be 100% reimbursed. Other costs such as transportation or hotel cannot be reimbursed.

Contact Information

For questions about this course and procedures, or to inquire about our tailor-made courses on citizen participation, please contact us by email at, or dial +31-70-3738695.