Course Introduction:

In 2021, The Hague Academy will convene participants again for one of its most popular and highly relevant courses. This course will help you to understand the drivers of corruption. You will strengthen your analytical skills and learn about the instruments necessary to develop integrity and anti-corruption policies and programmes in line with recent international initiatives, legislation and agreements.

Key information:

  • The course dates are 27 September to 8 October 2021.
  • The deadline for applications is 20 August 2021.
  • Group discounts available if you participate with three or more colleagues.
  • Please visit our Covid-19 page for information about the situation in the Netherlands and the safety measures in place during the course.
  • For general inquiries, please contact or call +(31) 70 37 38 695.

Learning Objectives

This course will help you:

  • Examine the cross-cutting nature of corruption and its impact on social and economic development and the rule of law;
  • Assess corruption vulnerabilities in governance institutions and processes;
  • Learn about innovative instruments related to integrity and anti-corruption, and analyse how these instruments can be employed to work in your organisation/country;
  • Engage with governments, civil society and private sector leaders to develop and implement integrity and anti-corruption policies and programmes to achieve sustainable and equitable development;
  • Support integrity and anti-corruption initiatives and agencies in locally appropriate ways;
  • Learn from the experiences of the experts, as well as your fellow participants, and expand your professional network in the field of integrity and anti-corruption.
  • Gain insights into the important role of promoting integrity and eradicating corruption for the achievement of the SDGs.
  • Identify different challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic poses for preventing corruption and promoting integrity and look into ways to overcome these challenges.

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

Intended Audience

This course is intended for consultants and professionals working for; government, international organisations or NGOs and who are involved in anti-corruption, transparency and accountability processes concerning development and governance.


The following experts will contribute to this training:

ronaldRonald MacLean-Abaroa is a former Bolivian politician and leading international expert in decentralisation, devolution of government powers to local citizens, and anti-corruption strategies. He was the first democratically elected mayor of La Paz in 1985 and was re-elected four times until 1997. He ran for President of Bolivia in 2002, before joining the World Bank as the Lead Public Sector Management Specialist on Governance, Decentralization, and Poverty Reduction.

henk bruningHenk Bruning is an international expert in Leadership, HR, Governance and Integrity. Henk has headed the integrity programme of the municipality of Amsterdam, where he introduced dilemma trainings, updated the code of conduct and procurement procedure, and was responsible for corruption risk analysis. He has used this experience to support governments around the world in establishing effective integrity programmes and has authored the book “To be honest: Finding Inspiration and Integrity in Public Service and Business”.

ana vasilacheAna Vasilache is a consultant and former Director of the Partners Foundation for Local Development, a Romanian NGO enhancing democratic processes worldwide and strengthening civil society. Since 2004, Ana has addressed corruption in local governments through the Central and Eastern European Anti-corruption Network.


Michel Rowland is a political scientist with twenty-six years of professional career as a director, manager, consultant and professor in Latin America. Michel has extensive work experience in open government and transparency strategies, good governance, conflict resolution, civil society empowerment and constitutional reform.


Cheri-Leigh Erasmus is a programme and learning manager at the Accountability Lab, an NGO aimed at building new generations of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world. She has over ten years of experience in leadership development in both the private and public sectors. Cheri currently works with young leaders who are finding innovative ways to hold governments accountable in Nepal, Pakistan, Liberia, Nigeria, Mali and South Africa.


Study visits will be organised to learn how Dutch institutions work on promoting accountability and respond to corruption cases. We will visit the National Public Prosecutor’s office and the House of Representatives. Participants will also gain insights from a study visit to a Dutch municipality, where we will explore how open data is used to guide policymaking and enhance accountability.

Practical Information

The course fee is € 3.595-. 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 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 or call +31(70) 37 38 695.

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 Scholarships

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 professionals’ skills, instincts, and abilities to enable their organisations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Please note that the scholarship application deadline for this course is 11 March 2021. For more information regarding deadlines, eligibility and application procedures, please visit our Scholarships page

Application Deadline

The Integrity and Anti-corruption course will take place in The Hague from 27 September to 8 October 2021. The application deadline is 20 August 2021. 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 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 instalments. 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 before the 4-week deadline.

If no payment is received before that deadline, then your registration will automatically be cancelled. Please note that The Hague Academy accepts registrations on a first-paid, 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 to start this process as soon as possible. The Hague Academy will send you an acceptance letter that 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 fulfil this request. We strongly encourage you to start with the visa application procedure at least six weeks before the start of the training programme to prevent late cancellation.

A cancellation fee of 50% of the course fee will be charged for participants cancelling between four and two weeks before 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.

If 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, or dial +31-70-3738695.