The Local Government Resilience Programme has originally been set up by VNG International (Association of Dutch Municipalities). The programme aims to help local governments in Jordan and Lebanon to deal with the many Syrian refugees that have come to their countries. The Hague Academy was involved in setting up a training institute in Jordan and providing expertise on local governance.
As part of the project, The Hague Academy has given trainings on Leadership in Local Governance in Lebanon in 2016 and 2017. The trainings covered the topics related to personal leadership skills, such as negotiation skills, creative problem solving and managing complexity. However, it also touched upon broader themes, including power analysis, inclusive and accountable local governance, stakeholder analysis and change management.
- Equip the participants with the leadership skills to enable them to affect positive change in local governance processes in their local context;
- Teach them to identify and engage relevant stakeholders in change processes;
- Let the participants recognize the importance of inclusion, citizen participation and accountability to enable effective local governance;
- In 2016, the training was delivered to 7 highly talented young professionals who work in or with the local government sector in Lebanon. These young talents shared a wide variety of professional background. Some are social workers, other work in the field of municipal services or urban planning, while others mostly have a managerial role.
- In 2017, another ten professionals were trained, who were employed by various Lebanese municipalities, as well as the private sector and schools.