Course Introduction:

This six-week, practice-oriented, and expert-led online course will explore strategies and tools for local authorities to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth. It will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to assess their local economic environment and – in an inclusive manner – design an effective local economic development strategy.

E-learning methodology

Unlike most e-courses, this is a hands-on, interactive course will apply problem–based and collaborative learning methods. Participants will have plenty of space to interact with both each other and with the instructor and will have to work together to solve practical assignments.

Practical Information

The course will take an asynchronous approach, meaning that participants are not required to log in at set times – which can be difficult due to time differences – but can complete the coursework at times convenient to them. Assignments are expected to be handed in on a weekly basis.

  • This course will take place online from 30 September to 10 November 2019.
  • The course fee is € 525.
  • Space is limited to 25 participants. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
  • The course is designed for development workers, local and regional officials, and ministry-level professionals.
  • Professionals who complete the course will receive an accredited certificate of achievement.
  • For more information, please contact or call +31(70) 37 38 695.

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 to strategic and inclusive 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.

“LED is a powerful tool to engage stakeholders in shaping the future of their locality to promote sustainable economic growth that benefits all groups in the community. This course provides a unique opportunity to master the key concepts and tools for an LED process and consider how to adapt these to the specific needs of your own locality and at the same time share your insights and learn from colleagues around the world. I’m looking forward to working with you all!”

Ruth Rennie, International LED expert

Application Procedure

The deadline for applications is 22 September 2019. Application forms must be completed in full to be considered in the selection process.


The following experts have contributed to the development of this training course.

Lennard NijenhuisLennard Nijenhuis, Programme Manager and Course Facilitator

Lennard has experience developing and facilitating trainings on various topics concerning local governance and social affairs. He works on various open and tailor-made training courses at The Hague Academy, a.o. in Social Affairs & Employment and Fiscal Decentralisation. Lennard has extensive firsthand experience in local government in The Hague including managing programmes on youth employment and community focused issues. Working in a development context, he has managed projects involving education in Surinam, Romania and Kosovo. After completing a postgraduate degree on Local Economic Development (LED) in 2018, Lennard will continue to develop the Academy’s LED-focused open, online and tailor-made training courses.


Ruth Rennie, Independent Consultant and Expert Trainer

Ruth has more than 15 years of experience working with international development partners to support central and local governments plan and implement local economic development strategies. Her field experience includes initiatives in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Most recently, she has been working with the private sector in West Africa to develop inclusive supply chains that link social impact to core issues of business sustainability and inclusive economic growth.

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.