Good governance at a local level is crucial to progress and development. However, local authorities around the globe too often face barriers when providing services, creating stability, and promoting social and economic development. The Hague Academy for Local Governance is dedicated to giving people the knowledge, skills, and confidence to jointly work on inclusive development.
In a world of increasing decentralisation and urbanisation, local governments and their citizens play a crucial role in realising the global development goals. It is our vision that a strong local democracy, in which governments and citizens
work constructively together, has a significant impact on stability, quality of services and socioeconomic development. Learn more
Each year, The Hague Academy offers open courses for professionals from all over the world. These short courses, in The Hague and in Barcelona, provide opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences, gain knowledge on different international concepts and tools, and broaden perspectives to strengthen local governance. Learn more
In addition to open courses, the Academy organises on-demand training programmes that combine several methods and topical expertise. These Tailor-made Trainings (TMTs) and their related knowledge-sharing activities are offered in, but not limited to, English, French and Arabic, and can be convened in the Netherlands or in your country. Learn more
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. Initiated and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nuffic scholarships cover tuition, roundtrip flights, accommodation, insurance, and a modest daily allowance. To qualify for a Nuffic scholarship at The Hague Academy, you must first obtain academic admission to an Academy open registration course. Learn more
Shiraka is a Netherlands-MENA partnership programme organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. It includes a training approach that seeks to support sustainable democratic transition in the MENA region and contribute to political developments in the MENA region. The Hague Academy for Local Governance develops and leads several trainings that are designed for senior public officials. These training combine theory, practical skills development, and site visits and seek to advance decentralisation and economic development. Learn more
On 24 April, The Hague Academy celebrated its 10th Anniversary in a full-day conference featuring alumni, former staff, a comedian and the Mayor of The Hague. Taking into account the evolving space of decentralisation and local service delivery as well as skills development, the conference served as an opportunity to reflect on the trends and challenges in local governance.