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Multilevel Water Governance

6 September, 2021 17 September, 2021

Course Introduction:

Water provision and governance of water involve complex systems and the coordination of different stakeholders at all levels of government. Adding to the challenge are the political and institutional contexts of the country. In many contexts, reforms for effective water management are hampered by an unclear allocation of roles and responsibilities, territorial fragmentation and limited capacity at the local level.

From 6 to 17 September 2021, The Hague Academy for Local Governance will organise a two-week, practice-oriented training course to address water governance. Leading international experts and practitioners will provide unique insights into international best practices and water governance tools. Participants will learn to actively apply the five building blocks required for sound water governance:

  1. Powerful administrative organisation
  2. Legally embedded system
  3. Adequate financing system and economic analyses of water services
  4. Systematic planning approach
  5. Participation of stakeholders

In addition, understanding the theoretical concepts and international cases, participants will visit several Dutch examples of water projects. These field visits will focus on private-public cooperation and the approach of Integrated Water Resource Management. You will also learn first-hand about how to deal with high-water levels, manage dikes, increase flood safety and address environmental concerns.

Key Information

  • This training will take place from 6 to 17 September 2021 in The Hague.
  • The application deadline is 30 July 2021.
  • The scholarship application deadline is 11 March 2021.
  • Group discounts are available if you participate with three or more colleagues.
  • For general inquiries, please contact info@thehagueacademy.com or call +(31) 70 37 38 695.

Learning Objectives

This course will help you to:

  • Acquire the knowledge, concepts and principles of integrated, multilevel water governance;
  • Identify instruments for increasing social and financial accountability of water management and water services;
  • Increase insight in the legal, political and institutional framework affecting water governance in your context;
  • Become acquainted with assessment tools and new approaches for dealing with the challenges of water governance;
  • Broaden your knowledge of international best practices in the field of multilevel water governance.

By participating in this course you will meet colleagues from other parts of the world, exchange experiences with experts and visit many examples of Dutch water management. You will link international best practices and tools with your own working context and think about practical solutions for the challenges you face in your home country.

After this course, you will receive a professional certificate of completion from The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

Intended Audiences

This course is intended for policymakers and technical staff of organisations responsible for water management at different levels. The course is also aimed at programme managers and advisors working for donor and development organisations. Read the experiences of a former course participant.


Various field visits will be organised as part of the training, focusing on private-public cooperation and examples of Integrated Water Resource Management. Participants will also learn first-hand about how to deal with high water levels, manage dykes, increase flood safety and address environmental concerns.

Practical information

The course fee is € 3.595-. This includes all training-related costs, as well as drinks, lunches, training materials and travel during the training programme. Travel to and from The Hague and accommodation are not included. Group discounts are available if you participate with three or more colleagues in this course. Email us for more information. The course language is English.

For questions or more information about this course, please direct your inquiry to info@thehagueacademy.com or call +31(70) 37 38 695.

Funding Opportunities

Participants in our courses are predominantly funded by their own employer (municipalities, Ministries, NGOs and training or research institutes) or by a donor or development agency. If you are looking for additional funding opportunities, there are a few organisations you could approach.

Nuffic Scholarships

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships for training courses in the Netherlands. These scholarships seek to develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, and abilities of professionals to enable their organisations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world. The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) is the programme manager.

Please note that the scholarship application deadline for this course is 11 March 2021. For more information regarding deadlines, eligibility and application procedures, please visit our Scholarships page

Application Procedure

The Multilevel Water Governance course will take place in The Hague from 6 to 17 September 2021. The application deadline is 30 July 2021. Incomplete forms will be neither accepted nor considered in the selection process.