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 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 work together to solve practical assignments.

Practical Information

The course takes an asynchronous approach, meaning that participants do not need to log in at set times – which can be difficult due to time differences – but can complete the coursework at times convenient to them. Weekly submission of assignments.

  • This course will take place online from 13 April to 22 May 2020.
  • The deadline to apply is 10 April.
  • The course fee is € 600.
  • 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 the 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. This course provides a unique opportunity to master the key concepts and tools for an LED process”

Ruth Rennie, International LED expert


The following experts have contributed to the design of this training course:

Ruth Rennie

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.

Aladeen Shawa

Aladeen is a Senior Governance Advisor with Deloitte. He previously served as senior advisor on local economic development with UNCDF. Aladeen brings a depth of practical experience that combines the disciplines of local governance and local development through working closely with both the public (central and local) and the private sector in a variety of contexts. He has worked with a range of multilateral and bilateral development partners, governments and the private sector in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

This year, personal feedback and support will be provided by:

Alfonso Garcia

Alfonso is an all-round specialist in decentralisation, local government and local economic development. In the past, he held various management positions in the public sector in Bolivia. As a technical expert for development programmes in various countries he advised a.o. on strengthening local government associations, decentralisation in rural areas, urban economic development and financing of water and sanitation.


Application Procedure

The deadline for applications is 10 April 2020. Application forms must be completed in full to be considered in the selection process. Please bear in mind that the course has already reached its maximum capacity. New applicants will be added to a waiting list. 



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.