Introduction

Gender equality is fundamentally linked to sus­tainable development and globally accepted as a necessary factor in the promotion of human rights. In the context of local government, gender equa­lity is critical as women, men and people with diverse gender identities face different challenges for full participation, representation and decent work opportunities. Measures that ensure equitable access to resources and basic services are necessary to achieve inclusive and gender-responsive governance. 

This course discusses gender dynamics and focuses on the different needs and priorities of women, men, young girls and boys. We will discuss gender-sensitive strategies and tools for gender analysis, mainstreaming gender and gender-responsive budgeting in policies and programmes at the local level. Special attention is given to the involvement of marginalised groups (i.e. women, youth) in development initiatives. The course will also underline how best to engage men and discuss cross-cutting issues of applying a diverse gender perspective (intersectionality), especially in complex cultural and religious or conflict-affected settings.

Key Information

This course is aimed at professionals working on gender awareness and gender mainstreaming in government policies or development programmes. Participants come from national, regional and local government, NGOs, and donor and development organisations.  

The course will take place from 14 to 25 November 2022. The application deadline is 7 October 2022. The deadline for scholarship applications is 11 March 2022. 

The course fee is € 3,595. This includes all training related costs as well as drinks and warm lunches during the training days. Group discounts are available if you participate with three or more colleagues.

This training takes place in The Hague, Netherlands.

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

Learning objectives

This course will help you:

Increase your knowledge about gender concepts and relate to the latest insights in gender-responsive governance, including fragile contexts;

Adopt tools for conducting gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and budgeting in development initiatives;

Design strategies for equitable service delivery and socio-economic empowerment of marginalised groups;

Compare different approaches for meaningful participation of marginalised groups in development initiatives;

Improve your personal skills in effective communication and action planning for a meaningful change in your organisation/programme activities.

Experience

During the course, you will visit the Bureau Clara Wichmann for an inside experience on how they promote and influence laws, policies and regulations for gender equality. You will also participate in an interactive session with former Member of Parliament Kirsten van den Hul, who will share her experience advocating for policy change on gender equality.

Practical information

Find the practical information for the course here.

  • Payment

    After submitting your completed application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt. Once we have assessed your application and admitted you to the course, we will send you an invoice with payment details. The payment deadline is 4-weeks prior to the start of the training course.

    Payments can be made by bank transfer or by PayPal request. We offer the option of paying in one or two instalments. An advance payment of 50% secures reservation of a seat on the training until the payment deadline. Your participation in the course is guaranteed only after receipt of full payment before the 4-week deadline.

    If we do not receive your payment before the deadline, then we will cancel your reservation. 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. Once we have received your payment for the course, The Hague Academy will send you an acceptance letter which will assist you in arranging your visa to The Netherlands.

  • Cancellation

    Under certain circumstances, participants may need to cancel their participation in the course. For cancellations before the payment deadline, we will reimburse the paid amounts minus an administration fee of €150.

    To prevent late cancellation, we strongly encourage you to start with your visa application procedure at least six weeks before the start of the training programme.

    We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% of the course fee 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 have to pay 80% of the course fee.

    It is always possible to nominate a suitably qualified candidate to replace you without extra charge, in the event that you cannot attend the course.

    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.

Scholarships

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships for training courses in the Netherlands. The Orange Knowledge Programme and the MENA Scholarship Programme 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. To learn if this course is open for scholarship applications, please visit our Scholarships page. Please note that scholarships have a separate application process.

Scholarships page

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