Update: Hague Academy Talent for Governance Program for Developing Countries (Fully-funded to The Netherlands) 2018

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Talent for Governance is The Hague Academy’s talent programme. We provide practice oriented learning experiences to young, talented local government practitioners and support them in implementing community projects in their home country.

Application Deadline: 1st December 2017

Eligible Countries: Developing countries

To be taken at (country): The Netherlands

About the Award: Talent for Governance only selects people who possess a strong motivation to make a difference for their citizens. The talent programme consists of a training course at The Hague Academy for Local Governance, an internship in a Dutch municipality and worldwide networking activities.

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Thereby, the young talents develop their knowledge and skills, learn from experiences elsewhere and build an international network. This helps them to deal with the challenges they face in their daily work.

During the three-week programme, the talents work on the design of a project plan together with the trainers, experts and fellow participants. Back on the job they will do homework assignments and implement their project plan with the support of their employer and The Hague Academy.

Talent for Governance relies on the financial support of organisations and individuals who believe in the importance of good local governance. By means of their donations, they help strengthen the capacity of villages, cities and countries to improve services for their citizens and foster sustainable economic development.

The talent programme is organised two or three times a year. All talent programmes are organised around a different local governance theme, linked to the theme of the training course that will be followed at The Hague Academy for Local Governance. Themes of the talent programmes so far include: Citizen Participation & Accountability, Female Leadership, Leadership & Municipal Management, Local Economic Development, Local Service Delivery & Millennium Development Goals, Climate Change & Resilient Cities, Fiscal Decentralisation & Local Finance.

Type: Training

Eligibility: Young civil servants employed by a local government in a developing country (e.g. municipality, district, town) can apply for the Talent for Governance programme. They must have a strong motivation and a concrete project or idea to improve the performance of the organisation and create better services for their community.

Application is possible if you: work for a local government (not an NGO or private Enterprise. And although we acknowledge the great work of civil servant like school and university teachers, nurses, doctors, soldiers, police, civil servants at central and state government level they do not form the focus point of this training and internship programme, and therefore have no chance of being selected) ;

  • work in one of the countries listed on the DAC country list;
  • be 37 years of age or younger when you apply;
  • have at least two years of work experience in local governance and prove your commitment to
  • work there for at least two years more;
  • speak and understand the English language well (all programmes are in English);
  • be able to write down and orally defend your motivation for and relevance of the specific programme;
  • be able to identify an issue/project as a real life case within the theme of the programme for which you will write a Back Home Action Plan during the talent programme;
  • have written support of your employer to participate in the programme and to implement the Back Home Action Plan when you return home.

Value of Scholarship: The Talent for Governance programme is almost completely cost covering. The talent programme covers cost of tuition fee, travel costs, accommodation and most living expenses in The Netherlands. The Hague Academy will select the travel arrangements and accommodation and about half of the costs of the living expenses which entail three meals a day, meaning breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Duration of Scholarship: 3 weeks

How to Apply: The talent programme will be organised three times in 2018 and each programme will revolve around a different local governance theme. There will be just one application period.

To apply for the talent programme candidates need to choose one of the following programme themes. These themes are based on the topics of the training course at The Hague Academy which is part of the talent programme:

  • Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance – Programme from 5th March 2018 to 22nd March 2018,  (more information about the training course part of the programme)
  • Local Service Delivery – Programme from 18th June to 5th July 2018, (more information about the training course part of the programme)
  • Local Economic Development – Programme from 1st October to 18th October 2018, (more information about the training course part of the programme)

Please download and read the Rules and Regulations Talent for Governance 2018(Link below) before you start filling in the application form below. These rules and regulations contain important information on the application procedure, accommodation, allowances and criteria.

Here you will be able to you’ll be able to find the online application form for the Talent for Governance 2017 programmes from 14th October 2016 to 18th November (24.00 CET).

Award Provider: The Hague Academy

Important Notes: Please do not submit a separate application form for the specific training course of your choice through the website of the Hague Academy for Local Governance. To apply for the Talent Programme only the online application form of Talent for Governance will be considered!!


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