Establishing a Regional Institute for Local Governance

Currently, Jordan and Lebanon are facing a huge influx of Syrian refugees. This had led to a massive challenge for local governments in both countries to maintain an adequate level of service delivery to both host and refugee communities.

In response to this crisis, The Hague Academy has supported the coordination of a regional training institute for local governance. The aim is to expand capacity to the local governments on a wide variety of relevant themes. This includes service delivery, local economic development and improved citizen participation.

The Hague Academy has also advanced the institutional set-up, curriculum design, a training of trainers, and the delivery of multiple pilot-training courses through 2018.

As part of the Local Government Resilience Programme (LOGOReP), implemented by VNG International, it aims to strengthen resilience at local government level in order to improve living conditions of the local population and refugees in host communities and refugee settlements in Jordan and Lebanon. This programme is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The project ran between September 2015 and December 2018.


  1. To set up a regional training institute for local governance (TILG) in Jordan, that is able to train, improve and upgrade the skills of regional and municipal employees as well as of the staff of central institutions in the delivery of sustainable decentralized development and engaged citizenship.


  • Delivery of a 1-day masterclass Curriculum Building for a group of around 15 civil servants
  • Development of a business plan outline for the training institute;
  • Selection of a pool of local training experts on local governance;
  • Development and delivery of a 4-day Training of Trainers
  • In cooperation with local consultants, developed a training curriculum on ‘Local Economic Development’ & ‘Decentralisation and Citizen Participation’;
  • Advanced Training of Trainerss on ‘Local Economic Development’ & ‘Citizen Participation’
  • Online and face-tot-face coaching provided for the Jordanian trainers in the development and delivery of 9 pilot courses

Partners: VNG International