The Hague Academy organizes multi-annual and on-demand trainings. These include, but are not limited to, exposure visits, e-learning courses and trainings of trainers. The projects are based on a thorough needs analysis and are specially designed for the target group.

Below is a list of current and past projects.

Every Voice Counts

Every Voice Counts is a programme from CARE Nederland and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for which The Hague Academy provides courses and training. Based on the principle that inclusive governance helps lead to peace and stability, CARE and its partners actively promote effective and inclusive decision-making processes in the world’s most fragile states. Every Voice Counts is active in Afghanistan, Burundi, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan. The project runs from 2016 to 2020.
Related Reading: Promoting Inclusive Governance in Darfur


The MATRA Pre-Accession Training Rule of Law is a long-term programme aimed at civil servants, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and carried out by The Hague Academy. The main objective is to consolidate government institutions in southeastern European countries with a prospect of EU accession. Course themes include integrity and decentralisation.
Related Reading: Building Integrity in Eastern Europe


The Shiraka programmes – such as Social Affairs & Employment and Local Governance – are Dutch initiatives dedicated to contributing to political development in the Arab region. The aims are to stimulate the establishment of constitutional, democratic states and to strengthen relations between the Netherlands and the target countries. The Shiraka programmes are carried out by our trainers from The Hague Academy, and financed under the economic pillar from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with support from CNV International.
Related Reading: Civil Servants from the MENA Region Join Shiraka Programme


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 is involved in setting up a training institute in Jordan and providing expertise on local governance.
Related Reading: Local Elections in Jordan: Towards More Participation


In response to the adoption of a new constitution in Zimbabwe in 2013, VNG International (Association of Dutch Municipalities) launched the Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project. The new constitution laid out a bigger role for local governments. From January 2015 to June 2017, VNG International helped to enhance participation of local governments in public policymaking. The Hague Academy supported the project by providing several trainings.
Related Video: Prioritising Citizen Participation to Build Communities in Zimbabwe

Past Projects


The Hague Academy organised the following (long-term) training projects in 2016:

  • Setting up a regional training institute for local governance (2015 – 2018)
    Assisting the Government of Jordan in setting-up a regional training institute (curriculum development, training of trainers, training materials, pilot-training courses). Read more
  • Policy making and local level advocacy (2016)
    Training courses for the staff of the Anti-Corruption Coalition of Uganda. Read more
  • Leadership and good governance (2013 – 2016)
    Training programme to strengthen the leadership skills of senior civil servants working in government institutions in Albania, Serbia and Turkey. Read more.
  • Participatory policy making, including Training of Trainers (2015 – 2016)
    Training for representatives of 13 local authorities and NGOs in Zimbabwe, including training of NGO-trainers and production of the handbook. Read more
  • Promoting local economic development in Jordan
    Training courses for staff of the Ministry of Interior and the Local Development Units in the 12 Governorates of Jordan. Read more
  • Lobby & Advocacy (2014 – 2016)
    Several courses in The Hague for representatives from different diaspora organisations in Europe.
  • Peacebuilding and women empowerment (2013 – 2016)
    Several training courses in Burundi and South Sudan for local authorities, civil society organisations, community-based peace groups and women.

Last year we developed and conducted programmes for different clients both in The Hague and in Tunis, Rabat, Amman, Zagreb, Lesotho, Bukavu, Jakarta, Juba, Bujumbara, Bulawayo, Accra and Addis Ababa.

  • Social Affairs and Employment (2012 – 2015)
    Blended learning programme in The Hague, Tunis and Amman for policy and decision makers at government authorities in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan.  Read more
  • Local Governance (2013 – 2015)
    Blended learning programme in The Hague, Tunis and Rabat for policy and decision makers at government authorities in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan. Read more
  • Integrity of civil servants (2012 – 2015)
    Several courses in The Netherlands for civil servants working for national ministries in EU-accession countries (Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Turkey, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina). Read more
  • Decentralisation (2012 – 2015)
    Several courses in The Netherlands for civil servants working for the central and decentralised government in EU-accession countries (Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Turkey, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina). Read more
  • Leadership Masterclasses, including Training of Trainers (2012 – 2015)
    Action learning programme for youth at civil society organisations, interest groups and political parties, higher education institutions, business development organisations and labour unions in Burundi, Palestine, South Sudan. Training of trainers for a selected group of youth.
  • Anti-Discrimination and Good Governance
    Course in Zagreb for Croatian municipal officials and NGO representatives of the counties Osijek-Baranja, Brod-Posavina, Pozega-Slavonia. Read more
  • Conflict management
    Training activities in The Hague and Jakarta for senior civil servants of the Coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs in Indonesia.
  • Decentralisation and Leadership
    Training in the DR Congo for leaders of four territories (Kabare, Walungu, ldjwi et Shabunda) in the province of South Kivu.
  • Fragility, Decentralisation and Local Governance
    Training in The Hague for staff from donor and development organisations, for the Development Partners Network for Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG ). Read more
  • Local Economic Development
    – Course for representatives of Palestinian local governments, private sector and the local community in Jordan
    – Joint course with UNCDF for Ethiopian senior and mid-level government officials in Addis Ababa
  • Fiscal decentralisation
    Training in Lesotho for the staff of national ministries, local governments, NGOs, UNDP and UNCDF. Read more
  • 5C capacity building for local authorities
    Workshop in Accra for local authorities on local government capacity building. Read more
  • Sustainable Local Economic Development
    for municipal officers and council members in Algeria and Morocco (funded by GIZ)
  • Lobby and advocacy on the local level
    for the Harare Residents trust in Zimbabwe (funded by Nuffic)
  • Local Economic Development
    for representatives from the Ministry of Local Government, MDLF and local government officers in the Palestinian Territories (funded by GIZ)
  • Decentralisation and Local Governance
    for the staff of Ministries of Finance and Interior, local government officials and UNDP staff in Bangladesh (funded by UNDP)
  • Tanzania: training on gender and good governance in public service delivery including a training of trainers component
    for the  Zanzibar Institute for Public Administration (funded by Nuffic)
  • Jordan: Citizen Participation in Public Service Delivery (including Training of Trainers)
    for local government employees at the Municipality of Zarqa (funded by Nuffic)
  • Zimbabwe: Training of Trainers on Integrity and Accountability and project management
    for the staff of the Public Affairs & Parliamentary Support Trust (funded by Nuffic)
  • Iraq:  Urban Planning and Urban Governance
    for the staff of the Ministry of Planning (funded by UN-HABITAT)
  • South-Sudan: Peacebuilding, (Fiscal) Decentralisation, Local Governance and Service Delivery
    for stakeholders at different levels of government and form academia (funded by the World Bank)
  • Germany/The Netherlands: NATO-simulation Quick Sword
    for military personnel from the 13 + 43 (NL) Mechanized Brigade, 11 (NL) Air Maneuver Brigade and German Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams (OMLT) located in Nieuw Millingen (NL) (funded by VNG International)
  • Thun, Switzerland: Harmonisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance
    for the staff of donor organisations dealing with decentralisation, local governance and sector support (funded by the informal Development Partners Working Group on Local Governance and Decentralisation, DeLOG)
  • AlbaniaHuman Resource Management
    for HRM professionals from local governments. Organised in cooperation with Europartners Albania. (funded by The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs / MATRA)
  • South Sudan: Leadership and Decentralisation
    for the Local Government Board of South Sudan (LGB) and its stakeholders (funded by VNG International)
  • Romania:  Human Resource Management, Strategic Management and Financial Management
    for civil servants and staff of the local public administration and of the intercommunity development associations
  • South Sudan: Peacebuilding, Decentralisation and Local Governance
    for representatives from Local Governments, various Ministries, international NGOs and the Local Governance Board (funded by VNG International)
  • Albania: Decentralisation and EU Integration
    for representatives of municipalities and communes. Organised in cooperation with FLAG, Foundation for Local Autonomy and Governance and VNG International (funded by the Dutch Embassy of  in Tirana)