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Scholarships for Short Courses: NFP Fellowships available for short courses.

The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC) offers the opportunity to apply for a fellowship for the following training courses, as part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for short courses.

  • Decentralisation, Democratisation & Development
  • Leadership and Municpal Management
  • Peacebuilding and Local Governance
  • Citizen Participation & Accountability.

    Until the 1st of October you can apply for a NFP fellowship of Nuffic for the following two-week training courses of The Hague Academy for Local Governance:

  • Curriculum Good Governance & Rule of Law in Fragile States (The Hague | 20 January – 28 February)

    The curriculum Good Governance & Rule of Law in Fragile States is a comprehensive training programme that seeks to contribute to the knowledge and skills of government and NGO staff in fragile and conflict affected states.

    The programme will assist these countries in increasing their capacity to:

  • Restore legal order and increasing access to justice;
  • Re-establish human safety and security;
  • Increase government accountability and trust between government and citizens;
  • Rebuild public services and promote socio-economic development;
  • Promote mechanisms for peaceful settlement of conflict.

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    This curriculum is developed in cooperation with The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

    If you are interested to participate in this curriculum or if you have questions, please contact us at info [at]

  • Gender Mainstreaming and Female Leadership (The Hague | 3 – 14 March)

    The course discusses the three core dimensions for good leadership by local authorities: developing a vision, managing services and communicating with internal and external stakeholders.

    It will be argued that optimal results are achieved when women are involved in all three dimensions, be it in their role as leaders, employees, local partners or citizens.

    There are, however, several challenges to deal with.

    Many local government institutions are faced with limited human and financial resources, and in some cases legislation and cultural norms can hinder women’s participation and leadership role.

    The deadline for the application is 3 January

  • Citizen Participation and Accountability (The Hague | 7 – 18 April)

    You will discuss the accountability chain, the participation ladder and the do´s and don’ts of citizen participation.

    Furthermore, you will work on case studies from different parts of the world, experience different perspectives in role-play and go on study visits to municipalities, active citizen groups and participation projects in the field of urban planning, social cohesion and law and order.

    Learning objectives

    This course will help you:

  • Identify instruments for increasing social and financial accountability;
  • Define your own role and responsibilities in participation processes as well as the role of your partners;
  • Secify conditions and do’s and don’ts for successful participation projects;
  • Apply tools for communication with citizens, NGOs and other stakeholders.

    After successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

    The deadline for the application is 7 February,

  • Peacebuilding and Local Governance (The Hague | 7 – 18 April)

    These issues and challenges for peace building at a local level will be addressed in the two-week course ‘Peacebuilding and Local Governance’, that is developed in cooperation with The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

    During the course, we distill lessons from cases in Afghanistan, Burundi, South Sudan and the Balkans, apply theories and concepts to the local context of the participants, and discuss the impact of donor interventions on peace and stability.

    Special attention is paid to the role of gender in a post-conflict context.

    Learning objectives

    This course will help you to:

  • Analyse the state of local governments and the local political economy in fragile countries;
  • Judge the impact of local governance and decentralisation on realising a sustainable peace and building state legitimacy;
  • Increase insight in the role local governments can play in increasing human security;
  • Design and implement initiatives aimed at strengthening local governments;
  • Cooperate more effectively with local governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders.

    After successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

    If you would like to receive more information or in case you have any questions, you can contact us at info [at] or +31(70) 37 38 695.

    Deadline for application is 14 March

  • Summercourse Decentralisation and Local Governance (The Hague | 7 – 11 July)

    This Summercourse is developed for professionals working at donor and development organisations supporting good governance, democracy, decentralisation, local governance and public service delivery.

    Deadline for the application is 9 May,

  • Local Service Delivery in Land and Water (The Hague | 15 – 26 September)

    Local public services, including water and waste management, supply of drinking water and land registration, have a huge impact on our daily lives and well-being.

    Unfortunately, the poor often lack access to these important services.

    Local governments have an important role in ensuring access and quality of these services for all citizens.

    Deadline for application is 18 July,

  • Climate Change and Resilient Cities (The Hague | 29 September – 10 October)

    This course discusses how local authorities can respond and adapt to climate change, plan and implement solutions for environmental and natural resource challenges and promote more sustainable ways of development.

    Leading international experts and practitioners will share the latest insights on climate change adaptation and mitigation and the impact for local authorities.

    We will zoom in on the design and implementation of sustainable local development programmes that protect the environment and improve the quality of life of citizens.

    In addition, we will discuss tools to recognise local vulnerabilities and instruments to become more resilient.

    Deadline for application is 1 August,

  • Integrity and anti-corruption (The Hague | 27 October – 7 November)

    The training programme aims to increase understanding of the international anti- corruption framework and related integrity policies.

    The role of various actors and international instruments in eliminating corruption and promoting the rule of law will be examined and corruption’s relation to international development and human security will be discussed.

    Moreover, the course also provides insight in the roles and responsibilities of the different actors in promoting integrity in organisations.

    The seven building blocks of integrity will be discussed, as well as coherence of integrity policies with the overall financial and HR-policy.

    Deadline for application is 29 August,

  • Local Economic Development (The Hague | 17 – 28 November)

    This course focuses on strengthening the economic capacity of a regional community to make optimal use of the existing and potential characteristics of the area.

    Participants will be provided with strategies, tools and approaches to improve conditions for job creation and economic growth.

    We will discuss questions such as: How to develop and implement a vision for the area together with government, citizens, businesses and CSOs?

    How to secure local interests vis-a-vis central government, multinationals and foreign investors?

    How to support farmers and small businesses in creating job opportunities and improving food security?

    And how to deal with challenges and opportunities generated by extractive industries?

    As part of the course we visit and interact with projects supporting small entrepreneurs, agricultural programmes and initiatives to promote tourism.

    Deadline for application is 19th September,

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