“Real development starts at the local level. Local authorities need skilled people to manage and deliver local services and to demonstrate leadership in community participation processes”. Based on that belief, The Hague Academy for Local Governance aims to develop the knowledge and skills of local government practitioners advising and cooperating with local authorities. They offer training programs that are made by and for people involved in local governance.
The Hague Academy for Local Governance was established in 2006 by VNG (Vereniging Nederlandse Gemeenten) International, the agency for cooperation of The Netherlands Association of Local Governments, with the support of the municipality of The Hague and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, and they organize practice oriented training programs to strengthen good local governance, public service delivery and socioeconomic development in developing countries.
The approach of their training programs is characterized by active participation – seeing, doing, discussing, and exchanging experiences. Their programs include:
- Visits to projects and best practices and to private and public sector organizations that are specific for the practice and context of local government
- Improvement of skills by participating in role play, game simulations and interactive theater
- Reflection on the impact of local government policies on local communities with the help of university professors and citizen experts
- Linking what has been learned to the daily practices in the participants’ home countries.
The office is situated in the building of the VNG in The Hague, Netherlands, and there are several training facilities used there. Participants of program trainings can be local authorities such as mayors and members of municipalities, NGOs cooperating with local governments, policy makers, and development organizations.
Topics of their courses include:
- Local service delivery
- Integrity and anti-corruption
- Good governance and rule of law in fragile states
- Intermunicipal cooperation and a territorial approach
- Leadership and municipal management
- Gender mainstreaming and female leadership
- Citizen participation and accountability
- Decentralization and local governance
- Fiscal decentralization and local finance
All their open courses can be tailored to specific groups with specific needs.
The Hague Academy for Local Governance believes that their programs respond to the fast growing need for training and skills development in the practice of local governance. Many participants go home inspired and motivated for the development process in their home country, and they make long-lasting contacts with colleagues from other countries.
Find out more about the organization here.
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*Related news: Local Government Capacity Award: Call for outstanding capacity development cases in the framework of the Local Government Capacity Program. Submission deadline is June 16th, 2014 and the winning case studies will be presented in the second edition of the Local Government Capacity Conference in The Hague on the 16th and 17th of October 2014. You can find more details here.