Course Introduction:

This practice-oriented course focuses on strengthening the economic capacity of local and regional communities. Taking into account the 2030 global sustainable development goals (SDGs), this course will explore strategies and tools for local authorities to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth and decent work for all.

The course presents tools for building an inclusive local economic development strategy, and policies to improve local conditions for job creation and poverty reduction. With inputs from international experts, the course will also explore examples of financing LED-initiatives and best practices in public-private partnerships.

LED in different contexts

During the course, you will learn about different approaches to accommodate the different needs of urban and rural contexts as well as local economic and social development in least-developed and post-conflict states. Furthermore, you will become familiar with strategies and tools to support decent work and human rights and include vulnerable and marginalised groups, such as women and youth, in the local economy. There will be ample opportunity to bring in experiences from your own local context, and to stimulate peer-to-peer learning.

Key Information

  • The course dates are 10 to 21 October 2022.
  • The deadline for applications is 2 September 2022.
  • The course will take place in The Hague. 
  • Group discounts available if you participate with three or more colleagues.
  • For general inquiries, please contact or call +(31) 70 37 38 695.

Learning Objectives

This course will help you to:

  • Assess the economic and political context for local 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 for strategic 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.

Intended Audience

Professionals involved in local economic development processes, including development workers, officials working for municipalities, regional governments and ministries, as well as non-governmental organisations and development banks.


Some of the experts that have contributed to this course in the past are:

Irma Specht, Director of Transition International. Irma supports social and economic development in transition processes, with a special focus on vulnerable groups and gender. She has a broad international experience in vocational and business training, labour market analyses, small business set-up and private sector development.


Vin Morar is an international projects specialist and lecturer at TSM Business School, University of Twente. Morar has wide-ranging experience in entrepreneurship and cross-cultural management, and consults with a great range of governments across the world. He has worked in many different parts of the world such as Britain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Croatia, Russia, South Africa and Seychelles.

Andrea Ferrannini is the Local Development Coordinator at ARCO. His research activities focus on sustainable human development, industrial policies and social progress, international development cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), local economic development and participatory methods. Andrea has coordinated several research, training and evaluation projects across the globe.


The interactive program will include study visits for participants to get acquainted with the Netherlands’ experience in Local Economic Development. Participants will visit the Municipality of The Hague, where they will learn from their long-term economic strategy and from different projects implemented for local business creation.

In order for participants to better understand local economic development strategies and the role of entrepreneurship, study visits are also likely to include incubators, co-working spaces and examples of successful social enterprises.

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) manages scholarships for training courses in the Netherlands. These scholarships, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 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.

Please note that scholarship applications for this course have not yet started. For more information regarding eligibility and application procedures, please visit our Scholarships page.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is 2 September 2022. Incomplete forms 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 the 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 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.

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 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.

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.