The Hague Academy for Local Governance started in November 2013 with the kick-off of a new training and exchange programme to strengthen the leadership skills of government institutions in Turkey, Serbia and Albania. The training is part of a larger programme by VNG International that aims to promote leadership, cooperation and effectiveness in the public security sector in these countries. In January 2014 the first group of Turkish civil servants visited The Hague. The programme ran until 2016. The activities are funded by the Matra CoPROL-programme of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs that supports government-to-government cooperation on the Rule of Law with EU pre-accession countries.
The training programme on leadership and good governance aims to improve strategic leadership and practices of good governance by decision-makers at the Ministries of Justice and Home Affairs, police and local authorities in the target countries.
- Strengthening the capacities of national and local government to act, commit and deliver on public security and protecting human rights are increased by taking responsibilities for one’s role and applying principles of good governance and rule of law;
- Strengthening the capacities of national and local government to achieve coherence and to adapt frameworks for policy development are increased by setting quality performance standards on public security in line with European standards;
- Strengthening the capacities of national and local government to relate to external stakeholders are increased and demonstrated by the participation of civil society, in particular minority groups, in the decision-making process, protection of minority rights and promotion of a culture of tolerance and anti-discrimination; and
- Strengthening the capacities of training institutes to achieve coherence are increased by providing training in the field of good governance, rule of law, public security and human rights.