Course Introduction:

This practice-oriented course focuses on strengthening the economic capacity of local and regional communities. Taking into account the UN’s post-2015 development agenda, this course will explore strategies and tools for local authorities to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth and decent work for all.

International experts will present strategies to improve local conditions for job creation and poverty reduction. The course will also explore international examples of financing LED-initiatives and best practices in public-private partnerships.

LED in different contexts

During the course, you will learn about different approaches to accommodate the different needs of urban and rural contexts as well as local economic and social development in least-developed and post-conflict states. Furthermore, you will become familiar with strategies and tools to support decent work and human rights and include vulnerable and marginalised groups, such as women and youth, in the local economy. There will be ample opportunity to bring in experiences from your own local context.

LED in practice

During study visits, the staff of The Hague municipality will talk about their long-term economic strategy and show projects supporting entrepreneurs in The Hague. And you will experience economic development in the rural municipality of Westland at the ‘Demokwekerij’, a knowledge centre for innovation, information and inspiration in glasshouse horticulture.

Learning Objectives

This course will help you:

  • Assess the economic and political context for regional development;
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for strengthening the local economy and job creation together with stakeholders at local, regional and national level;
  • Develop approaches for strategic local economic planning;
  • Become acquainted with practical tools for supporting the local economy.

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

Intended Audience

Professionals involved in local economic development processes, including development workers, officials working for municipalities, regional governments and ministries, as well as development banks.

Experts

Through a combination of lectures from visiting experts, as well as exercises and study visits, participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and interact with a wide-range of people and perspectives.

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 info@thehagueacademy.com or call +31(70) 37 38 695.

Application Deadline

The Local Economic Development course will take place in The Hague from 23 September to 4 October 2019. Applications are due on Friday, 16 August 2019. Incomplete forms will be neither accepted nor considered in the selection process.

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 Fellowship Opportunities

The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) offers fellowships for training courses as part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) and MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP). Both programmes seek to increase capacity building in organizations with fellowships to professionals from eligible countries. Nuffic fellowship information for this 2019 course is not available at the moment, but details should become available in late-Summer 2018.

If you’re a professional from Indonesia, then you may be eligible for STUNED-fellowships.

Payment

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.

Cancellation

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 info@thehagueacademy.com, or dial +31-70-3738695.