Inclusive development requires responsive governments and empowered citizens. But what can local officials and civil society organisations do to ensure all voices are heard?
In this blended training course, participants will discuss ways to involve citizens – especially minorities and marginalised groups – to create a culture of inclusive governance. Participants will learn how civil society can empower citizens to voice concerns and keep their governments accountable to issues affecting their community.
This training will be a true experience! In this course, you will meet the Ombudsman of The Hague and visit examples of joint policymaking and multi-stakeholder governance, such as neighbourhood projects in the city of Amsterdam or The Hague.
Online module: This module will consist of several assignments spread throughout the timeframe provided. This is an opportunity to learn about the topic (while enhancing your online skills in an innovative e-learning environment) and prepare you for the next part of the course.
Dates: 21 September to 30 October.
Face-to-Face course: Participants will spend eight days in The Netherlands, focusing on study visits, expert presentations and the exchange of experiences with other participants. We intend to offer this part of the training in 2020, but if this proves not to be possible, it will be postponed to 2021 at the earliest possibility.
Dates: 9 to 16 November.
- This blended training will take place from 21 September to 16 November 2020, both online and in The Hague.
- The application deadline is 4 September 2020
- Group discounts are available if you participate with three or more colleagues.
- For general inquiries, please contact email@example.com or call +(31) 70 37 38 695.
This course will help you to:
- Identify instruments for increasing social accountability;
- Define your own role and responsibilities in participation processes as well as the role of your partners;
- Specify conditions and do’s and don’ts for successful participation projects;
- Work on the policy cycle;
- Apply tools for communication with citizens, NGOs and other stakeholders.
After this course, you will receive a professional certificate of completion from The Hague Academy for Local Governance.
Professionals working for a municipal, provincial or national government, a donor organisation or NGO and/or those involved in participation and accountability processes in relation to development and governance.
The course will include contributions from experts with practical and international experience in citizen participation and inclusive governance.
Jerome Scheltens is an expert in citizen participation with over 20 years of experience in project management, training and research in the fields of governance, democracy assistance, international relations and development cooperation. “Citizen participation is an increasing demand around the globe. But standard practices are few. The essence of successfully managing citizen participation is ‘political sensitivity’. And in turn, that comes down to not promising more than you can deliver, both in content, services as well as in process roles. In other words: politics and public administration are all about expectation management.”
Hans Hoekman is an expert in community participation in public safety, with over 20 years of experience working for the Rotterdam Police Force. In 2010, he started an initiative to promote safety and security called ‘Neighbourhood Takes Charge’. The project allows residents and professionals to collectively determine the security problems that should receive priority in their neighbourhoods. Hans has coached other police districts on how to co-operate and communicate effectively with citizens when dealing with complex issues.
Lars Burema, an experienced trainer with over 10 years of professional experience in promoting inclusive governance. Lars regularly delivers trainings on good governance and social accountability around the world. His primary focus in on Eastern Europe, but he has also worked in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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. Roundtrip travel to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call +31(70) 37 38 695.
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.
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. Applications to Nuffic Scholarships for this course are no longer open. Read future deadlines here.
The 2020 Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance course will take place in The Hague from 21 September to 16 November 2020. The application deadline is 4 September 2020. 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 1-week after the application deadline.
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.
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.
For questions about this course and procedures, or to inquire about our tailor-made courses on citizen participation, please contact us by email at email@example.com, or dial +31-70-3738695.