Course Introduction:

How a country organises its finances, forms the basis for how local authorities govern their cities, towns and villages. Through fiscal decentralisation, local authorities have more authority to decide how and where to spend their resources, be it funds allocated by the central government or self-generated income such as taxes or user fees. This enables them to be more responsive to citizens’ needs.

For successful decentralisation, national governments need to design and supervise clear fiscal arrangements supporting public service delivery. At the same time, local authorities are challenged to strengthen their financial capacities and use their limited resources to increase revenues and deliver better local services.

Key Information

  • The course dates are 7 – 18 February 2022.
  • The deadline for applications is 31 December 2021. 
  • The deadline for Orange Knowledge Scholarship applications is 25 June 2021.
  • Group discounts available if you participate with three or more colleagues.
  • For general inquiries, please contact info@thehagueacademy.com or call +(31) 70 37 38 695.

Learning Objectives

This course will help you:

  • Understand basic concepts and different systems of (fiscal) decentralisation, including The Netherlands and other European countries;
  • Identify the four pillars of fiscal decentralisation: expenditure responsibilities, revenue assignments, intergovernmental transfers or grants, subnational debt and borrowing;
  • Analyse fiscal decentralisation practices in their own country as well as the gap between theory and practice;
  • Develop strategies to generate more public and private resources for local policies;
  • Apply strategies for improving local taxation, including data collection, billing systems, customer service and communication;
  • Improve the administration and management of local income and expenditures;
  • Make the local budgeting process more effective, transparent, accountable and inclusive;
  • Apply tools for gender-responsive budgeting.

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

Intended Audience

This course is aimed at professionals who are responsible for the design and implementation of (fiscal) decentralisation processes, public sector reform programmes, public service delivery or financial management. The course is also aimed at individuals who work for national, regional or local governments, or donor and development organisations.

Experts

Experts involved in this course in the past include:

Jenifer Bukhoke
Jenifer is a technical advisor on local development finance for the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), with more than 15 years of experience in gender mainstreaming in local finance.

 

Jamie Boex
Jamie is a public finance expert with more than twenty years of experience teaching at universities and advising governments worldwide about fiscal decentralisation and public sector reforms.

 

Peter Jongkind
Peter is a local taxation expert with extensive experience supporting municipalities on tax revenue for economic enhancement. Previously, Peter worked at the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration as director and he currently works for VNG International.

Henri Schreurs
Henri is a local finance expert with over forty years of experience in local public finance and financial management in 27 countries.

 

 

Henri ten Broeke
Henry is a local taxes expert at VNG International. He has broad experience (re)designing and implementing business models, processes and IT architecture for local governments and national tax administrations.

 

Experience

Participants will visit the municipality of The Hague, the Province of South Holland, the Ministry of Interior and the Association of Dutch Municipalities. They will also engage in analytical exercises, debates and a municipal finance quiz. Furthermore will get acquainted with recent experiences with local tax reforms in  Ghana and Palestine and in a workshop jointly design a local property tax strategy.

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 info@thehagueacademy.com 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 the skills, instincts, and abilities of professionals to enable their organisations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Please note that the deadline to apply for scholarships for this course is 25 June 2021 (Only for the Orange Knowledge Programme OKP). Visit our Nuffic Scholarships page to learn more.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is 31 December 2021.

Payment

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 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 cancelled. 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.  Once your payment for the course is confirmed, The Hague Academy will send you an acceptance letter which will assist you in arranging your visa to The Netherlands.

Cancellation

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 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 the application process, or to inquire about our tailor-made courses on this topic, please contact us by email at info@thehagueacademy.com, or call +31-70-3738695.