The first fellowship is the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP), which is available for eligible participants living and working in one of 50 countries. The second fellowship is the MENA Scholarship Programme is available for eligible participants from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia. Applications to these Nuffic scholarships are due before March 22nd. More information on the scholarships, selection criteria, the application procedure and the courses can be found here.
The two fellowships mentioned above apply to the following courses, taught at The Hague Academy for Local Governance:
Local Economic Development (19 – 30 September, 2016)
This course discusses strategies and tools to manage inclusive and sustainable local economic development (LED) processes. It addresses questions such as: how to develop a joint vision for the area in a participatory manner, involving government, citizens, businesses and CSOs? How to promote job creation and entrepreneurship? How to improve conditions for business investments and small and medium enterprises? And how to finance local economic development?
Local Service Delivery (3 – 14 October, 2016)
In this course, participants learn how local governments can effectively deliver services to their citizens and how they can plan and finance it. They discuss questions such as: how can the different layers of government work together to ensure basic services also reach the poorest people? How can they set up the financial management of services in a transparent and democratic way? And how can partnerships with NGOs and the private sector help local governments to better deal with challenges in service delivery?
Conflict, Rule of Law and Local Security (7 – 18 November, 2016)
The key topics in this course are: How can governments promote citizen security and protect human rights after violent conflict? What policies and instruments do they have to foster reconciliation and peacebuilding amongst different ethnic or religious groups? And what attitude and skills do government officials need to lead conflict transformation processes?